Up in the woods,
in the circle among the beech trees,
last winter one of the lumber horses split a stone
horizontally, with a clip of his big steel shoe.
It had seemed to be a plain gray stone,
but when it was opened a black wall appeared,

rusty at the edges, flecked with pale checks
like unknown constellations, and over all
floated wisps of blue-gray, trailing feathers of clouds.

I brush away the fallen leaves
and stare into the distance inside the stone.
In one could become a bird
if one could fly into that night
if one could see the circling of those stars

and then the woods become very still,
and beech leaves blur at the edge of my vision.
I find I am bending lower and lower.