Fire escape slats 
powdered stark
by snow

night’s been 
turned over
spadeful of soil

dawn coughs
but I’m slowly getting better
at less

fork down
to one tine
I watch the tug of crust 

between two finches
craw adaptors

neither better nor worse
an interval works
toward permanence

and I pinch on 
a talisman 

light at human scale
oiling the simple

fulcrum I lever
breath against

Andrew Seguin is the author of The Room in Which I Work (Omnidawn 2017) and co-translator, with Pierre Mabille, of the first French edition of Josef Albers's Poems and Drawings (Editions Unes/Josef and Anni Albers Foundation 2021).