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In this one we do go off the road. Right across into the soft venture
of the snow, frozen pond, and field. Watch this moonlip sparkle descend;
your hand, too, I take it. This idea, this dare (so quiet), and we lose our
code and our careful as the car skids and sinks in this rule break, yes,
this electric. We destroy the farmer’s field, tires spinning, finding the mud
beneath the ice. Your thawed tongue is my concentration, a chance. I am
driving and you said safe and so I am tucking that word beneath my
cold seat, inside the fingers of my gloves, right there at the nape of—
this warm and tiny territory of just me. We will say yes and pass
each other direction. The car will fly. Is it snowing again? Too fast, I fear;
there is no slowing this engine. Would we speak of it? Finally. This truthing
as the tires clutch and ice, this spinning and almost dance. We miss
the fox by only a few inches. Watch her race, we are looking ahead. Already
sorrow in this, so look at me again. Now, we. I have loved this thought
of spring, this seed planted. But so to round the bend, plowing now,
and the groan rises up, so much ice to break. Silence is this dark, this
pretty. We think thank you and maybe and never and please. Here is
the road now, here is the rule. Our secret of two will not fit the straight
anymore. Hold our breath. This becomes a small, an ice sculpture left
behind in the field. Our wake and hint of fever. What you said is hush.
This one is silent, it holds only a pressing. And it is a memory
of fabric, too. In its way.
It is about perfectly fitted forms, and a deep and a quiet.
About restless, about why not.
It is about you and this question. About a language
that is also a periodic table of my elements.
I am always on about these cuneiforms
but there I pressed them, and was held, too.
Wooden floorboard, gentle foot. Here I am treading on this silence.
And this is a memory that becomes a story.
Michelle Bailat-Jones, St. Legier, Switzerland
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