It was so still and beautiful out, you said,
peeling back the blue plastic bag that held
the news, you know what it made me
think of? 9/11.
For a moment, the quiet

air, the lack of traffic or even birds
made its own sound: a sort-of breath, not
song, but nearly. Then a metallic rasp
from the coffee grinder, and water exploding

into the bathtub. Sky like cornflowers, sixty
degrees, light stately as a long prayer.
Did you see the pictures of the tornadoes
in Texas?
you said. And I thought, elsewhere.


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