Marie Howe

You Think This Only Happened Once and Long Ago

You think this only happened once and long ago?
Think of a summer night and someone
talking across the water.

                                                        maybe someone
you loved in a boat, rowing. And you could
hear the oars dripping in the water, from
half a lake away, and they were far and
close at once.  You didn’t need to touch them
or call to them or talk about it later.
–  the sky?  It was what you breathed. The lake?
sky that fell as rain. I have been like you
filled with worry, worry – then relief.
You know the wind is sky moving. It happens all the time.