Walking among the dead in the rain
With you was the first time I had walked
Those paths in years. I had forgotten how
Serenely the dead sleep
Below the sodden soil.
Walking with space between us
Felt easy and natural--there was nothing
Drawing us together but the air
Of familiar unfamiliarity: our generation
drawn together by lines on screens.
I watched you that night in the mist,
Your glasses splattered with rain--the same rain
running down my neck. I had peeled
My layers off and dripping stood
Under the falling sky in an undershirt.
You watched the clouds roiling
And retching their innards. You looked
Everywhere but the twelve short inches
Down to meet my eyes. But you smiled
Brilliantly, blue eyes shining black.
You were a Known-Unknown, and I was compelled
By your energy, like iron to a lodestone
Leading to my leaning forward, chin up
Lips parted, head tilted. And I took
A miscalculated risk.
The sums didn't match.