In An Oven-y October: What The Water Says

In an oven-y October,
Tolkien’s waning of the year,
Hush and hush and listen closer;
Hear the water through the sere:

“It’s all
Clear
All of it
Especially the
Frosted-glass, distorted
Mystery.

It’s all
Manageable
All of it
Especially the burden
Pressing hard on the bruise.

It’s all
Walkable
All of it
Especially the scouring road,
The abrasion, the raw hide.

It’s all
Art
All of it
Especially the colors of the trees and of
The days you drive away.

It’s all
Beautiful
All of it
Especially the singing at
Her funeral.

It’s all
Irreplaceable
All of it
Especially when we arrive
Empty-handed, not even a succulent
For the kitchen window.

It’s all
Temporary
All of it
Especially the night time,
Because the sun does what
The sun does.

It’s all
Worth it
All of it
Especially the exchange which only
Begins with a giving up.

It’s all
True
All of it
Especially the part you repeat to
Yourself with a tremor and a gulp.

It’s all
Breathed
All of it
By the Trust Worthy”

Sings the water.

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