Read by Taylor Mali
Oh, loved, beloved, you are dew on the jewel-weed,
sheep among the lilies. The apple branch. The rapture
of bats and stars and grass singing, warm as new wine.
the loved, my beloved — light in the bone, tender green,
the dinner bell ringing; aprons on the line — yellow muslin
and green — you are the end of the world and the first unfurling.
the love, lemon and rind. Soft pine, cicada, swamp and vine.
Cattails at the edge of the road. Blue-eyed dragonfly.
Moon. Friend. Lizard in the woodpile. Sweet surprise.
You are the sky between my arms —