Gautam Verma


                              Winter light (1)


                    white and                     shadows

          trail the lawn

                                                  a match flare

tree shapes                                                             flicker and flail

                              clinkers in the grate

      and a gate


                                   on its hinges


                    [ May night more swiftly make is way (2)




                    somewhere in the margins a music begins

                     (somewhere warmth)

                     we cling to what's left of life in the heart's




(1) Title of a film by Ingmar Bergman

(2) Variant on the famous last line of Rilke's Spanish Trilogy


Rilke's "time now for heartwork" . . . and a search for a landscape of interiors. The ways this is lingual, and a music we cling to.