Love at the Drowned Valley

I need you But I can’t talk right now I know you understand Let’s go down to the river Like a pair of convalescents Let’s walk slowly toward the gray river And when we get there Let’s open our eyes Which have been closed for days And we can regard the gray water As it pulls listlessly down toward the bay Let the air throw birds around like manuscript pages Let my pain radiate from me like skin cells sloughing Like an automatic process And as I clasp my hand into yours Let’s close the emptiness between our palms And force out the distance Til there isn’t one