There were gutsy items on the list:
pluck a feather from an owl
as he sleeps, or the whisker
of a tiger fully awake;
lay still in a mountain stream until
the flow of cold water over my body
brings the peace of a silent mind;
ring in a new year astride the international
date line, invisible marker dividing
tomorrow from today.
Each line of type reveals a dream
devoid of normalcy or routine.
Sadly, it is often in the making of a final list
when we grasp why Herrick urges
the virgins to gather rosebuds.