Olympic Speed Skaters

Claws slashing,
Downward swooping,
Shrill raptorial ringing screams
Jarring my stubborn, ingenious dreams,
Whence come these creatures?
Why scars where they've trod?

Wings beating,
Forward straining,
Fleet Mercurial shadow-streaks
Probing such joy as my vanity seeks,
What will they find
And carry to God?


August 1976