flesh [I thought a lot about your body,]
I thought a lot about your body, my body,
what it is to lie in bed together and sleep.
To the shores of silent-dark and back
we went each night, like that wasn’t a mystery.
Our physicality grew more hulking.
More and more I had to squint at the mirror
to recognize my face, that cracked window.
From Skeletons by Deborah Landau. Copyright © 2023 by Deborah Landau. Reprinted with the permission of The Permissions Company, LLC, on behalf of Copper Canyon Press.