The grass and trees glow beneath generous sky
as we lean at the table and talk.
Someone sits alone, lips of plumminess
that do not smile back at us. We shrug
though I wonder about the what and why of her.
Sunlight flashes on our narrow hands,
a dose of heat that dispells the chill.
Not everyone knows what we know–
your dangerous dawn races, our history of men
who ruin and rescue, the interpretations
of X-rays, snow and Saint Saens,
the terror of repeated infant alarms,
and how to live as if without pain.
But this is good–tender pastry, dark wash of coffee.
Words that crease and smooth the air.
Is it a hint of winter that urges us to
speak of what is not simple?
Of what can be lost, what may be accepted,
what is fought for and against without
ceasing as if we have superior skills?
Perhaps we know something small: even the brave
will rest, reassess, grab onto a hand.
We get up, jackets close as wind thins last heat.
You charge ahead, an adventurer;
my bad knee embarrasses with slowness.
The wind gives up songs kept to myself
with most everything else.
I will practice leaving solitude;
I will keep up when the surgery is done.
And how is it that people find each other?
We head back home.