5.10.13

"Dark Charms"

"Eventually the future shows up everywhere:
...
The clear water we drank as thirsty children
still runs through our veins. Stars we saw then
we still see now, only fewer, dimmer, less often.
...
We continue to speak, if only in whispers,
to something inside us that longs to be named.
We name it the past and drag it behind us,
bag like a lung filled with shadow and song,
dreams of running, the keys to lost names."

Dorianne Laux, Dark Charms, in The Book of Men, ed. ditto