Sharon Olds


After we flew across the country we 
got in bed, laid our bodies 
intricately together, like maps laid 
face to face, East to West, my
San Francisco against your New York, 
your Fire Island against my Sonoma, my 
New Orleans deep in your Texas, your Idaho 
bright on my Great Lakes, my Kansas
burning against your Kansas your Kansas
burning against my Kansas, your Eastern 
Standard Time pressing into my
Pacific Time, my Mountain Time 
beating against your Central Time, your 
sun rising swiftly from the right my 
sun rising swiftly from the left your 
moon rising slowly from the left my 
moon rising slowly from the right until 
all four bodies of the sky 
burn above us, sealing us together, 
all our cities twin cities, 
all our states united, one 
nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

spoken = Linsay Rousseau