Giving the Names of Things Their Solitude
I don't remember when I began hearing
a tune in the rain and architecture
but nights are so tranquil now
like floating in seawater, the teal broth
making room for me, a minor planet.
I float through my weeks listening
to birds lifting from the sable lottery
of city trash bags, glad to be far away
from your voice, undisturbed by speech.
I have always cared too much for the idea
that two animals who have minds,
an aptitude for thought, are meant
to understand and take care of each other.
Even in failure it's something I demanded—
a virtuoso demanding eloquence
from a smashed flute. Through the twilight
spring's pink blossoms give
themselves away. I’m not sorry if we never
speak again—the exaggerated squirrels,
their kissing bones, and tearing through soil
the raw sounds of the new world.