This afternoon, mists shroud the mountains that raised them.
I missed the eclipse, stunned by the obit
of a man I did not know lived.
Each day takes its slice of memory’s face.
The moon looks down on us, a clock no hands touch.
What would it cost for a fistful of dust
to sift through our fingertips?
The hands of night must stay gloved.
Clouds film it like the transparent skin
the frog raises over its golden eye
to protect the black pool below.
The eye is a kind of skin—
all senses are touch, even that tiniest bone
in our ears, dangling like a hanged man in the wind.
I remember everything that happened to my lost face.
The stars are not falling to us—we’re falling
through them, shards of disasters from our passage.
Under cover of darkness, a curtain of light
flutters in the wake of the sun, as if
night slipped knives from this world to the next.
We give each conflagration a name, or at least
a number, but they should remain unspoken
to mark the loneliness of gods.
Stars need vast emptiness to exist—
you can’t get close enough to hear their roar.