You inhabit a district delineated for wobble-headed men and
women. Outside your window snow shimmers; a suet feeder
      hangs from a birch
waiting for a woodpecker; your darkened room’s a liquid
      compass whose needle
you ride in your dreams as in your wakeful hours. No word

We’re so far from our beginnings—yours in Ohio, mine in you—
from rivalries, resentments, your deforming disappointments.
So easy now my hand stroking yours, simple affection
carved from the side of the hulk that survived the storms.

Could you have found me easier to love if I’d been less
of happiness? I envied you your easy crawl out to the buoy and
learned the legend of you that ended as I began. Our lives are
      so much
less than what we make of them, or the reverse, your kicking

toward weightlessness delivering you to granite carved with
      your name.

Copyright © 2015 by Rebecca Okrent. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on December 22, 2015, by the Academy of American Poets.