Phantom of a leaf
that's what they wrote in their notebooks.
No break in the light,
what was cut away minutes before
still part of the picture.
The leaf perfect, complete—
a ghost x-ray
held up against a square of night.
Look at energy's bones.
You can count them if you want to.
They're all there. Energy's bones
don't break, only shift
along the spectrum from health to sickness,
presence to absence
They say the light shooting off the fingers and toes
of a newborn is blinding
but the man whose face
is falling backwards into his pillow
sleeps in a field of almost total darkness
as if God were standing in the room
dimming his soul. Death only a conduit,
the beating of the heart changed
into ordinary miracles—radios speaking,
phones ringing, coffeemakers clicking on.
If you pull the energy out straight
you can see what a life
looks like after it unravels.
Then you can fasten loss around your neck
or let it drift like a white string
riding the wind of light-boned birds.