Morning through Window
Outside our window, men walk by with limbs in their arms.
They are chopping down the hemlock trees while inside
we lie in bed, lentils simmering on the stove.
It is September. The sky ripples, and I reach my arm out to you.
To test airplanes for cracks, workers send sounds across them.
Other mornings, in the darkness of semi-sleep, I listened to the train
as it moved towards the city, and pictured my father stepping onto it,
reading the paper or dozing as it traveled under a river, surfacing in Midtown.
I want to say we belong in water, not in air. Even in the weeks
when the smoke settled over the river, we still counted the rats
on the 7 train’s tracks, gave them names, pictured them as commuters.
Down by Rockaway Beach stray cats do battle in the marshland near the runway
where the great metal bellies of planes lower themselves from the sky.