Look closely at the letters. Can you see,
entering (stage right), then floating full,
then heading off — so soon —
how like a little kohl-rimmed moono
plots her course from b
— as y
, unanswered, knocks at the stage door?
Looked at too long, words fail,
phase out. Ask, now that body
no longer, by what light you learn these lines
and what the b
"b o d y" is © 2001 by The Literary Estate of James Merrill at Washington University, and is used by their permission. Image: Jupiter's Moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. Photograph: NASA/ JHU-APL/Southwest Research Institute.