Opeongo

If I could take back
every word,
now,

to settle
back between
us,

our unweighable
silence,
our highest
branches,
thinly touching.

No word for ‘us’ —
only the wild guesswork
of wind, the
tips of our tongues
grasping for the
taste of it, already
tasting the end.

Remember that afternoon
we left together,
coming off
Lake Opeongo
the wind busy
scattering

its big islands of white clouds
crossing the
dash like
Thomson’s ‘Summer Day,’

you turning
to peer away,
drawing me in, then,
to the reflection of
you — green and
blue hills
of birch, nearly
transparent,

tamarack,
slender and
teetering.

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