Pilgrim’s Progress

you were the salt in my soup
the shore to my uneasy sleep

your full moonlight drew me
a sharp-edged shadow

i watched lean foxes lope
atop your garden wall

and took happiness
in both hands

a steering wheel
warm from your touch

spinning through the lifelines
etched in my palms

without my glasses
your best smiles went

to my bad teeth
my beard full of birds

everything in shades of blur
except one cricket

and my grief rises
like wind in a drought

this brief striptease of drizzle
gusting sideways

what have we done
to each other’s earth

the burning forests
the erupting methane

i turn again from wholly
fool to foul

to another buggy day
in deer-tick season

bathe my clothes in poison
shoulder my pack

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