after Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare
Shall I compare thee to a construction crane?
Stoic in the silence of the night, unmoved
By rough winds. Stationary in the rain,
Hazard lights like piercing eyes
Beset by ropes and chains.
From the perimeter, you’re a bird in roost
Unmanned at midnight, a zoo-bound creature.
It seems impossible that someone dreamt you
Welded steel and bolts to dress you
And grew you there, a sunflower.
You extend beyond my comprehension.
When in eternal lines you rise like church spires
Contained and heavy-headed in ascension
So as the morning shook and rattled you from slumber
So I wait beneath you, hooked.