Twenty-Seven “Things take the time they take.” -Mary Oliver Looking for myself again and also trying to lose her when gray began ungathering toward morning I anchored my body to beach beside the river. Sand began to clothe and enclose me in fine gray silt until I was built and then unmake and expose me grain by grain this diffuse brain shaping in water and wind. Thinking in hours I cannot know the time it took to create and then erode an entire human. In ants escorted off the shifting premises —twenty-seven.
Originally published in Shark Reef
Epigraph from “Don’t Worry,” in Oliver’s Book Felicity
Some thoughts on keeping time (as clocks and calendars and social obligations have lost much of their regulatory meaning during COVID)