The Only Image

Roy Fisher

Salts work their way
to the outside of a plant pot
and dry white.

                   This encrustation
is the only image.
                       The rest—
the entire winter, if there's winter—
comes as a variable that shifts
in any part, or vanishes.

                            I can
compare what I like to the salts,
to the pot, if there's a pot,
to the winter if there's a winter.

The salts I can compare
to anything there is.


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