I’m moving the muscles to breathe in
cold water. They feel like bone in the effort.
We had the same brand of toothpaste
on the night we didn’t speak of the
dimming between us.
Snow that doesn’t stay.
You would kiss me poetically
then pull a story out of me like a
magician’s scarf, red then yellow
through my throat.
I undressed to expose skin
printed with stories I should have
withheld, psychic tattoos with ink so
shiny you were afraid to
touch and be branded.
I’m moving the muscles to speak of
big talking rocks, monoliths like
grandmother trees, who have
stories in whispered radio waves
because they stayed.
They speak in hugging colors and
purring hum smiles because they
watched while mammoths, raccoons,
wrens and Americans
skittered in circles that never avoided
their fate. Their muscles made them do it
while big talking rocks wrote the
mythology of staying long enough
for restlessness to have its season.
I brought the brand of toothpaste
you use. I have enough for the season of
snow that sticks.