May/June 2015 • Vol. XXXVII No. 3 Nature's Nature: A Gathering of PoetryMay 1, 2015 |

Noctilucent

Not only the roads. Not only the streamwater, raw against my face and hands. Not the painstaking ground faith that has kept me  here, the nerves and reeds rooting down to alluvial soil, reaching far below earth to the ruined  starwork. I was alone. Not only the tarnish, the tiny lettering from the fire-lit  world that is dawn. Spoken for as I was spoken for—climbing for years from that place. Not even an hour. Not even an obscure pathway to day, a road washed with dust, and the passerines in their winding tapestry above it, flung toward immeasurable  islands of light. Trees, lookouts, the insides of things streaks of blue—you arrived and I watched you. No longer capsized in sleep. Or by night at the window,  trapping heat on the glass—skin over the heart. Unable to lessen the darkness. Until you brought me, casually, an hour. And not only an hour—a night, a night.  The still light of lakes. The notes floating free of their sheets. Not only the moods, the rooms, a

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Joanna Klink is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Nightfields. She teaches at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas.

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