What steady hero’s rhythm does ignite
On shelves of books or words spoke riverside
In manner of a stable hand precise
Transfixed beneath the meaning I won’t hide?
The risk of subtext naked needs no room
Stripped in the will of lovers speaking truth
Of strength and coffee silently assumed
To loosen all the rules of viny noose.
To feel the violet swell or water’s calm
In breathing exaltations always met
As constantly as safely wrapping palms
With certainty of now—future forgets.
What kindness offered, I return in lines,
Defiant restoration now entwined.