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They danced like blossoms falling from a fruit tree in early summer wind but they never fell. And for the moment that was reassurance, enough. Page 43 Midnight What no one can know supports us. We watch a lake disappear as scores of great blue herons rise: one body, heavy, barely clearing the line of pines at the edge of the field, causing tiny animals to sigh by the thousands and fire- flies to burn from the grass to the dark sky. <><><><><><><><><><><><> We talk about ourselves, as though our lives were somewhere else, doing things without us, as though they were themselves things to escape.
Your eyes were high altitude sky blue. We build them to get here. We dream of our new road. Behind them others fill the houses with furniture, fill the cupboards with food and plates, make sure everything works. Others build stores and schools, and then, way back, our families, scared-looking, sweaty, walk, reading the number on each house. In every garage: a shiny car. In every kitchen: a modern stove. We move forward every day. There are plenty of toys for the little ones. Page 36 A Small Boat I don't like to live without a boat in the yard, even a small oneeven if there's no water for miles.
I get up clumsily, lumber to the stereo, and fill the room with violins, stand at bent attention, smiling, a different man from any I am, waiting patientlythis may take years for you to dance. Page 20 For My Sister's Wedding There are joys: trees spreading up from the world created each time two people dream in unison, face to face, breathing each other's other world: joys like birds that glide through those trees without flapping, never brushing a branch. Look: underneath a spreading tree the woman he loves lies dreaming.
A small boat: poems by Michael Hettich