The stench of septic rising over a camp.
Two roses in a vase.
The simple space
between two houses, half-lit by a streetlamp
and overwhelmed by an air of ivy and pine.
And of course the coming rain,
the heavy stain
of it in the air, like mud, like wine.
The memory of the field down past the septic:
the itchgrass, onionweed,
thistle, the witchweed.
Arc of the roses against snow, the cryptic
drunkenness of the snow behind the window
—there is more than glass,
in it. The houses sure, assured, like slow
rivers inside the pines. The air unsure,
unhinged. The memory,
hinged. To be
touched by it, as by nothing less or more
than rain or grass brushing the knee, to sense
the snow beyond the snow
—and still not know
it—is a perfect burden, a present tense.