A Body of Water

Mist, fog lifts Hazes the car window Beside a quiet stream two strangers talking quietly

We're locals so, You can take the big spot Water, trees, plenty of flat space to sleep We leave tonight

Up from Middlebury?


The wind before full dark Rushing through the treetops, a single gust then quiet. An owl screams, flies off Another calls and goes No one around I feel afraid, then remember how not to.

In the morning I’m alone Friends, but not a friend many friends, far away. New ones, I forget.

Pack it up, pots ringing Pull stakes, fold tent Boil water, brush teeth Fold hands, clap twice I bow to where I slept Goodbye

I never knew you I'll see you again