Winter 1988 • Vol. X No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1988 |

Marriage

Even if the light go out; even if I'm told "There's nothing more" . . I'll still remain. For one can always watch.                RILKE I stop on the back porch by the white birch logs from trees topped to let the mountain in. They're stacked like bones beside the cherry logs, smooth as eelskins, and cedar set on edge, fragrant and hairy. Then walk down steps where snow melted to large crystals loosens the stone. I leave the house and feel the mountain whose reflecting white lifts it higher than daytime, closer, closing in. I am walking through the houselight on the lawn. It's getting colder. My shadow stretches, climbs a tree, and vanishes. I turn. Look back. An upper torso passes across and back behind the yellow glass. And suddenly I don't know who she is or what she could be doing. The TV must be on. Its unearthly blue staining files marked "Rentals," "Life Insurance," "Records," "Mortgages," "Kids." The cat bounds by; I've spoiled her hunt

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Brian Swann has published a number of books in a number of genres. His forthcoming book, Born in the Blood: On Translating Native American Literature, is forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press (2011).

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