I never gave a thought to them at first
with their white heads
cut into slices
under a water of plastic on a blue
section of carpet
or even hanging in a scale
like the piled ruins of a foot
I was shown that when the right time came
you could overturn a dry cow pat
by the edge of a long green swamp
late on a cold
autumn afternoon
as the sun was going down
and there underneath
the real white heads were still growing
I went on finding them
always at evening
coming to recognize a depth
in the shade of oaks and chestnuts
a quickening in the moss year after year
a suggestion of burning
signs of something already there in its own place
a texture of flesh
scarcely born
full of the knowledge of darkness
W. S. Merwin