Derek Henderson


        What then?
        I asked the one
        whose aspect seemed
        to have authority
And was invited to measure smoothness
with fingers resting on planed
handworn oak:
        Slowly & solemnly he was bourn into Binary
        Lodge and laid out in the principle room
        With a measure of words
        Weighed against the sea—
        Cold air, added to
                           Very truly

                           (equipped for passage
                           by frigate, when the Acushnet
                           feels its thaw, enlarged)