On Commonwealth

Coffee black and bagel plain
With cream cheese, only known

Quantities dawn until noon
Please. A chilly pumice

Progress of dithery clouds
Over ashen, sedate

Façades, gusts out of starling
-laughing beeches through scarves

To kiss throats. No transcription
Of nor significance

In cornices’ lavender
Last flush, lumpish buildings’

Green awnings and cider-warm
Windows, brown silhouettes

Embracing to depart.

Alex MacConochie