Elizabeth Bishop
Brazil, January 1, 1502
Elizabeth Bishop


Januararies, Nature greets our eyes
exactly as she must have greeted theirs
every square inch fililng in with foliage
big leaves, little leaves and giant leaves
blue blue green and olive
with occasional lighter veins and edges
or a satin underleaf turened over
monster fearns
in the silver gray releaf
and flowers too like giant water lilies
up in the air up rather in the leaves
purple yellow tow yellows pink
rust red and greenish white
solid but airy fresh as if just finised
and taken off the frame