I’m almost at the end of Jilly’s Jim Harrison challenge. What’s a few months between friends?
This quote is:
“Only the water is safe” ~
Footprints in the sand left where we walked,
traces in the mud of where we trod,
and in the dust our dancesteps, all effaced,
while from some lofty cloud, the finger points
at the mess of lives, of mirror sand.
Your handprint on the handle of the door,
breath that mists the window of the train,
the word you wrote backwards for me to read—
love, it said—before you turned away,
and rolled away on dull gunmetal rails,
your perfume lingers, oil daub on my face.
I wade through water now,
my tread silent as fishes,
my passing leaves no trace,
no tears cling to this slickness.
Like sand between the fingers,
and grains of star seeds falling,
no words have yet been written,
in the story of the river.