Capsule is a weekly series featuring the writing of Robert Gibbons
Yuki yanagi ni karasu (Blackbird in snow)
[Koson Ikeda, (Japanese, 1802?-1867?), ca. 1880-1890
print : woodcut, color; Library of Congress, Washington, DC]
Two Black Lines
Call it a black line, flight of crow traversing mausoleum of white house across the street with ever-so slight downward trajectory, disappears behind the back, then reappears between mausoleum & tall trees on same track. An undivided line in imagination, nevertheless. Then the young woman walks by real fast in black pants & parka negotiating sidewalk ice & empty blue recycling bins, managing to keep her balance at the same time attempting to reduce the size of her ass, for which there is no need. Exactly opposite of the crow going on about its own midwinter business.