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First Line: The water, you remember / was so cold it took our breath
Subject(s): Sun; Water

The water, you remember,
Was so cold it took our breath
Until we laughed. The sun didn't shine down there at all
Except at noon. You remember. No one
Ever took your picture there, but this one:
Granite walls, deep water, cedar, your favorite spot,
Where I threw your ashes into the falls.

I like the hat you're wearing. Father's straw one,
Though it casts your eyes in shadow.
I can tell what time it is
By how much of you is missing.
The children can go swimming now.

Sometimes things happen this way,
And I can't talk about it.
There are smaller, darker shadows gathered in your ears.
They are planning an invasion. Listen,
You can't even hear them.
You are turning to the camera, saying yes.

Used with the permission of Copper Canyon Press, P.O. Box 271, Port Townsend, WA
98368-0271, www.cc.press.org

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