If they likened you
to the vixen, it must have been for the miraculous loping
curve of your stride, your soaring step
which binds and divides, which stuns
and quickens the pavement (your terrace,
the streets by the Cottolengo, the meadow,
the tree you named for me, all moist and conquered,
shudder with joy)—or maybe it was simply
for the wavering light spilling softly
from the almonds of your eyes,
or the wiliness of your easy amazement
or the havoc
of feathers mangled by a single clutch
of your cherub hand;