Christopher Tonelli

On a Walk He Broke Off
New Poems From the USA


On a walk he broke off
a branch from a tree. He
thinks he can still identify
the spot where this happened.
There were several other
people present, and one of them
helped him. Whose innocence
makes them so mysterious.

Trees are constellations—you know
how easily our ingenuity can build
connecting bridges from
any one point to any other.
Innocent constellations by very
reason of their incompleteness.