On this most perfect hill
with these most perfect dogs
are these most perfect people
and this most perfect fog
In this most perfect fog
that is the middle of the sea
inside the perfect middle of
the things inside that swing
In this most perfect rhyme
that takes up what it sees,
with perfect shelter from the
rain as perfect as can be,
In this most perfect day
at the apex of the sun
runs this most perfect
frog song that is roiling
from the mud
In these most perfect habits
of the waving of the trees,
through this imperfect language
rides a perfect brilliancy.

  • Lisa Jarnot, "This Most Perfect Hill" from Black Dog Songs. Copyright © 2003 by Lisa Jarnot.  Reprinted by permission of Flood Editions.

  • Source: Black Dog Songs (Flood Editions, 2003)

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