Remember when I came to you
clothed only in catastrophe?
You whispered, ‘if I unbolt my heart,
you must walk through or walk away.’
Remember? And once inside, we coupled,
unlearned the sad refrain we once called loneliness.
We became the boat. Reefed our sails
in squally weather, sailed our course together.
When judgment fell
and the fleet railed “recollect your family’s
good name, we’re your class remember”,
you gave my tears to the sea and the sea
wept. They hauled our sheet through
the block, and when our boat luffed,
we corrected, we stemmed the line, remember?
And after the wind arrived as a huge silence,
I asked if we could ever be becalmed
and you said no, we have locked
ourselves inside one heart, remember.