many of the things the words were about
no longer exist
the noun for standing in mist by a haunted tree
the verb for I
the children will not repeat
the phrases their parents speak
somebody has persuaded them
that it is better to say everything differently
so that they can be admired somewhere
farther and farther away
Does my mom wonder,
Always in those hours after hours,
what I was up to when we were both younger?
I want to assure her that I would wander
Behind our two-room house with no company
Except three languages to practice- but none of those was loneliness,
I was fluent in waiting.
I fear my silence may convince you
I have moved on.
I came apart in your bed before.
Last night I lay there trying to recollect myself.
We barely spoke.
I woke up buried in your back
and drowned in sweat.
Even in my sleep I must have known.