in collection A Map of the Territory,
ISBN-10: 1 90303 969 X,
ISBN-13: 978 1 903 03969 4
The Law of Diminishing
I make tea from the
water that you boiled
you left; use your special cup.
choose this book because you read it last.
fire Iíve kept in for days: these flames
still the ones you saw. The milk jug? Stet,
you left it there. I fool myself
charms, connections, that should make you real
punch your absence into every act.
keep things too long; candles I wonít burn,
ditto, saved for feasts or rainy days;
chances are tomorrow could be worse.
now it is. Iíve kept you long enough.
study to enjoy the chilly space
closes round my hand instead of yours,
walk on grass to watch the rising moon
you might be watching too. Because.