Flat Roof

The roofers pry open the flat 
part of the roof, looking

for water damage, soft
beams underneath, open

seams through which the wind
shudders. Everyone longs for

a canopy to keep out rain,
shade the color of cool

afternoons. Ours is a bed
or a page open to the scrutiny

of the sky, the indecipherable
handwriting of birds. Not being

horizonless, it marks off the space
where we live out some of our days.

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