I once stepped over a fire and felt my hair curl into ash.
I walked into the ocean
and shells polished me smooth—
I told a man I loved him, but I’ve lost those words now—
they live in the sky, where electricity hums
in invisible currents.
telephone poles call out to one another
from their tall perches.
on the sides of foothills, beside
dried rivers and yawning dams
that swallow them.
what do I know about choking a river until it stops flowing, of stopping
a burn before it crawls across my body?
it cools on the shore.
let’s not use these words.
wind distresses tail and mane. his touch
is urgent. the oranges are ripening.