Monday, December 26, 2011

She washed them


She washed them
Those dresses she burned
Hoping to cool them
In the lake near her house

When she looked
At all their sodden darkness
She saw my cold face
Within reflection

She reached out and broke
Through the lake's surface
Swallowing hands

She buried her feet in sand
Threw her head under water
And saw through my mouth
Creatures passing by

They looked her in the eye
Not shying away nor pretending
They seemed beyond anything
She understands

One of them kissed her
She fell apart
Into floating gravel
Leaving all shadows on land

Now she must dive 
Among us in rivers
Streams of an ocean 
Nurturing mouths of shadows on land