I wrote a letter.
It is a business letter.
Not even a creative letter.
I wrote it for you to use on your committee.
Did you read it?
Have you seen it yet?
Please tell me it is wonderful.
Not wonderful. That’s not it.
Please tell me it is The Best Letter That Anyone Has Ever Written.
Please tell me it is The Letter That Is Going To Change Everything.
I don’t write a lot of letters these days.
I wipe a lot of bottoms.
I sweep the same floor a lot of times.
I put the same clothes into the machine over, and over, and over again.
I really hope you like the letter.
Because I kind of stapled myself to it.
the world has grown small –
just these walls
and some screens but it seems
the world has grown massive
two hours and forty-five minutes away is now
a year and I fear
it will continue to grow
ever swallowing small moments we cannot retrieve
The world has grown quiet.
And by it
I feel l’ve lost you even though
you are twenty-six blocks away
the clink of your coffee cup on my kitchen counter
small voices squabbling over toys
love is rebellion
when you begin to crack like scorched earth
and the sun’s traitorous kisses leave you like a sparrow’s egg
when what was demanded of you since the day you arrived
falls further into memory with each sunset
love is mutiny
when your shadow covers more sand than it should
when your body is soft
like your will
and keeps moving after you have stopped
love is brazen
when all you’ve made evaporates
like dew from a cactus’ spine
and the only thing you bring to each dusk is that
small drains on this plane’s resources
are still breathing
love is madness
when you’re the molted skin
of the creature you once were
and changing winds
leave you flailing
for how or where to spend yourself
and anyhow, you’re spent
you miss her
all nerve and knowing, instinct and ease
you regard her waffling, wilted remains
then you survey the terrain that shaped these remains
brittle, broken, careless
beating down on every beating thing
and you realize your contempt is borrowed
from a place that only ever wanted to hollow you and move on
and the taste of venom rises to your mouth again
fuck everything you’re supposed to be
you whisper tenderly
with a flick of your forked tongue
there’s pixie dust in the water
off this island coast
where time is liquid
so i am both mother and child
and can learn the things i never did
about how to fall
and how to fly
there’s place on this rock
where hands and feet press concrete
to shape the land
but it is the land that shapes
as it did mothers and fathers
great-grandmothers and great-grandfathers
whose ashes conform to the landscape
there is family in this place
sprawls like family
stings like family
deep like family
thick like family
there’s sacrament in these cups
their origin unknown
intermingled as the stories that flow with wine
on docks, on decks, in kitchens
there’s story in these beams
creaking beneath my feet as they are lifted and dropped by the tide
whispering things to which they have borne witness
battles and confidences
(marginally) true tales
hymns and bootylicious
curses uttered over failing motors
prayers of gratitude
and other pacts
feet that have pressed them
running-running-running, slowing, but never ceasing to return
to the rites observed here
there is pixie dust in this water
so I stand where beam meets sea
falling into the deep’s embrace