Sunday, October 09, 2005

Mountain Scene

The husband speaks in my semi-sequel to Frost's "The Hill Wife":

Mountain Scene

She was a kind of enigma that winter,
Disappearing into the woods for hours at a time,

Coming home shivering, lips blue, fingers stiff.
My favorite thing to do was run the bath

And wait outside the door until she’d soaked
And dressed and was ready to listen to me talk.

She’d say nothing, would not even nod. On nights like this
I’d read to her until she fell asleep, stroking her hair

Gently, so she couldn’t feel it. Her eyes were closed,
And I watched her become part of what she already was:

The dark mountains, the star-heavy sky.

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