Jean Donnelly, p.7

maybe it's a ship at twilight
maybe the swimmers on board
carry a kind of handkerchief

a lip or seam of stars might
go on behind it
the ship

maybe speech among the swimmers
is a kind of steady gaze
oblivious laughter

then the flag maybe
a kind of wintry clothe
a starry brocade

maybe the swimmers mean to return
with or without it
the ship