Sonnet ("The barber...")

from Some Trees (1956)

        The barber at his chair
	Clips me.  He does as he goes.
	He clips the hairs outside the nose.
	Too many preparations, nose!
	I see the raincoat this Saturday.
	A building is against the sky—
	The result is more sky.
	Something gathers in painfully.
        To be the razor—how would you like to be
	The razor, blue with ire,
	That presses me?  This is the wrong way.
	The canoe speeds toward a waterfall.
	Something, prince, in our backward manners—
	You guessed the reason for the storm.