Nancy: The sad inevitability of things coming to an end, the slow irreversible fall. In the end we want it to fall, slipping on our own icy tears.
Riding The Mastodon
The mastodon, dying, walks on
will not fall
walks on inertia
puts its feet down in the desert,
I want it to fall.
I’m afraid, riding the mastodon,
it’s dead, I know it’s dead;
the sun is setting far to the south
and the cold aches in my bones
and the tears I weep for the mastodon
ring on the hard ground.
But the mastodon, dying, walks on.
it puts its feet down on the thin ice.
Alan: Disturbed sleep, equinoctial gales – the world turns once again towards the dark.
a wind comes up and whistles in the rigging of our dreams.
a storm rises and scatters the fishing fleet of our dreams –
so many small boats lost, and such drownings!
There are calms, too, this night, and momentary lulls,
when we know that the moon, hiding its swollen belly,
rides away free.
This night is endless as the sea.
There are times when all we can do is cling.
At last, light – and we discover ourselves grounded
at the feet of tossing spruces, gesticulating pines.
Crows surround us. Ravens eye our eyes.
All unbalanced. All overturned.
The sun hides his grin in an ashamed mouth
and casts milk across the face of the sky.
Hauling ourselves free from the wreckage of this night,
we collapse into the goldenrods