Dakota Territory, 1884
Already, winter makes a corpse of things.
Snow reshapes what ice has taken. You've lost
interest in letters. So let sunrise come.
Let smoke grow darker by the light of day—
what I could spare of you I've burned already.
The fencepost needs repair. Let sunrise come.
Let panels of light make thirsty the ice-
caked stump of oak. Let the sky go empty
as December's intimations, when in snow
we fashioned ourselves side by side as fallen
angels: yours, the greater wingspan; my outline
barely reaching. Daybreak. I lay my body down
in powder. Roots torque up through the chest's
blankness, snarl of knots unloosed. What comes,
on parting you insisted, will come. Ice splits,
in the distance. What breaks will break. Let it.