For the send-off, a haversack of mounting days:
socks with slip-proof stops, a comb, an unused razor;
hospital kitsch. A folder with paper-clipped scripts
in Livy’s Latin: a history of pour turned into measured drips.
Labels like vague instructions or memories
of how and what we thought, how to retrieve
our former selves – or not. There is no aftercare
kit for this. Only the fossil imprint: years
of love’s lava laying down sediment in love’s
hard strata: summer’s dog days and winter’s cover;
proof that for some the distress of a cavernous shift,
for us will be valleys widened, rivers uplifted.
And after-days will be the medic’s doses delivered thoughtfully and well --
meaning, unmeasured: a love that births Arcadia from grafted stems and