Ich glaube an Nächte
Watching the garden winter under the moon, we think of the brown animals under the earth. Or the bulbs of the jonquils frozen there with their orange eyes clenched in coils. White and silent night, the air cold as iron and the lake like an old woman under a blanket. We gave your grandma marijuana tea to lull the cancer clenched in her like fists. Our legs are weak after making love but we walk across the solid lake. We're wrapped in the husk of a Bay blanket, the air smells like wool and our heat billows around us, animal. The lake clicks as we walk, a photograph curling up at the edges. Far under hibernating fish drift in the current, their bodies curving back and forth, while above them the moon glows on the snowless patches-- a white heart expanding under the ice. And in our blanket, our bodies hold the shapes of the people whose cells we slept in for generations.
Reprinted from Lake Nora Arms with the permission of House of Anansi Press. Copyright © 1993, 2001 by Michael Redhill. All rights reserved.
Michael Redhill is a Canadian poet and novelist. He is the author of Light-Crossing (House of Anansi, 2001), Asphodel (McClelland and Stewart, 1997), Lake Nora Arms (Coach House, 1993), and Impromptu Feats of Balance (Wolsak & Winn, 1990), among others. He is an editor of the literary magazine Brick and lives in Toronto.
Date Published: 1993-01-01
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