“everyone wants to know
what I saw on the long walk
away from you

I couldn’t eat
and didn’t sleep
for an entire week

I can hardly picture any of it now
save the fox I thought
was in the grass but wasn’t

I remember him quiet
as a telescope
tiny as a Plutonian moon

everything else
was wilding around us
the sky and the wind

the riptides and
the rogue comet
blasting toward earth

do you remember this
I introduced myself
by one of the names

I kept back then
the fox was so still
I could have called him anything”

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