Fragmenten eines Fensters Glass in Stück (“When Only the Best Will Do”)

glass-blue, parchment-plaster painted
              and flecked with black marks
              half-Morse, half-feather

behind, two iron-dark plaques

these shards in a cigarette tin
              Benson & Hedges Ltd.
              Super Virginia Cigarette

tissue lined
from Old Bond St., London
              to Raqqa, North Syria in 1985-95

amidst waffles of stone
curlicued plaster
a glass tile like rows of marbles
            (9th century) (but could be 1920s)

almost nondescript, discards, afterthoughts