I made my skin call itself snow,
and wrapped that body around my heart.
There was no sound except the groaning of the pines.
The world has died, I said.
I have died, there is no sound except the pines.
There was still the sun, 91 million miles away,
dribbling through the branches of the groaning pines.
There was still my skin of snow.
There was still my heart, a stunned bird fallen from the pines.
Hear the song of the snow falling from the pines,
falling on itself, increasing itself
in thrall to its remote Master,
saying, we are small white suns without heat,
I made my skin call itself cold,
and wrapped myself around my heart.
I said, idiot pines, here is peace, here is stillness.
The pines stood groaning, green day and night,
oblivious to the Master's moods, saying glory glory.
All the while, my heart stirred, brown and puny,
whispering itself out as friable desire
for light, for voice, for the pines that sway
in the unseen, unending movement
of the empty, restless sky.
for Sunday Muse #145.