Wednesday, June 29, 2022


As you well know
by now—after many 
years spent 

living tight-lipped, but also
cheek by jowl 

with your glum, rent-
paying neighbors—

alone is not a word 
you can spot-treat 
with hard labor,

and it doesn't 
only grow in those 
desertified conditions.

to dare speak it
out loud to another

is to cleave its delicate 
aura in two,

you suppose
that, if you could
just write it down,

it might become 
a tiny seed 

which is built 
to contain, in its 
shiny black hull,

this vast, opaque, and 
frozen ocean.