RESPONDING TO YOUR NOTE
ON RECOVERING FROM EL SALVADOR
May I never recover,
Karen, from loving,
and being loved, by you.
You have ruined me for life.
13 November 2009
--for Karen on our 41st Anniversary
Sister of Sifting Sand, shifting
in the year that cannot be put into words,
accompaniment with you
be my blessing this day. May I
know something of the door
opening for me as you walk down
the stairs this Monday morning
of thanksgiving. Sand into water
and cement be your name in concrete.
Ceremony in El Salvador.
Each breath a counted gift lost
in countless acts of repetition.
23 November 2009