Desiderio da Settignano - Young Boy (Italian 1460)
For Oliver Wright.
Everyone has a shell with which to call,
So call! And everyone looks preoccupied.
Upon each sprawling earfall it causes,
the beck is thrust eagerly against
You were named, and measured lengthwise
In inches--a trout, a record-breaker, a warm stitch--
Apparently it's important,
In the execution of a maiden shawl. It is yours to crave,
Its bay of toys and anxious others from which to cast
A growing shadow
From this, little burstling, let
Innocence invariably recede, and your impending