calm water

.

Above a pond, I sit on a wooden bench

and throw pebbles into the willows.

A rush of sunlight and wind creates a path in a channel of water, dances

between the melting ice and brown islands of bulrush.

The resident osprey, its eyes the color of yellow grass,

follows my tossing hand.

Love is a diorama of inner life in an outer world.

I look down and find a chunk of fossilized rock

with an entire Paleozoic shell sticking out.

I am not afraid of love, but terrified of how it is my steady guide.

Once, when tired, I wandered off the trail and crawled under a tree to rest.

I woke to a young brown bear licking my boot.

Nothing had ever felt that good.

When I say I love you, what I mean is I wouldn’t leave you.

Even if love is not loved back it doesn’t go away,

although it may become a black hole.

Could this be what it’s like for trees to lose the green from their leaves?

At noon the light shifts and the pond turns

into a mosaic of opaque green ice.

Orange carp rise in these cold watery chambers to breathe at the surface.

Always I am in love. Face to face with the sun. Face to face with the moon.

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