Tuesday, February 21, 2023


After Midnight

Sometime after midnight

Han Shan drifted down

a mountain path

and arrived in my dream

only to announce

that every angel is terrifying

also that heron you saw

by the muddy pond

was not real.

You, reader,

may believe this or not.

Han Shan said

that he does not

though he spoke

such words

to me

as if

they were his own.


Michael Palmer

Little Elegies for Sister Satan

New Directions, 2021