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.