That amber would turn
on fossil was obvious
thought I from an income
concussion across proper channels;
looking down silken inlets, I found
a law to the worsening dream:
a matter of timing
scattered tightly into vast blanks
that became seams.
That wakefulness would bound
leaving us to act the restless,
dusting hindsight wise for the buried
that a surface, what
we cut up, sprouts half the time
this is taking
Paul Ebenkamp, MFA ’09, lives in Berkeley and works as a writer, editor, teacher and academic coordinator. Editorial works include Song of Myself: Selected Poems and a Lexicon of Walt Whitman (Counterpoint Press; co-edited with Robert Hass), Writing the Silences: Selected Poems of Richard O. Moore (UC Press; co-edited with Brenda Hillman) and The Etiquette of Freedom: Gary Snyder and the Practice of the Wild (Counterpoint Press). Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Try!, RealPoetik, The Walrus and Mrs. Maybe.