Morning in the mountains. I am going down home
early. The road empty, wide, smooth as my hand.
Sun streams heavy bays of light. If I could remember one
use of beauty, the persistent type, on whole unhuman,
so much more space made for possible peace. This is the sort
of road you shouldn’t take your eyes off—blinding granite,
layered white sky. Take an image of sunshine, citizenry,
taxes being paid. The heart grows brutal with things
disguised as themselves. Morning in mountains.
I am going down. More space made for peace of
mind, might make it more deadly. Morning bays
of light. My hand, palm-side out, shields my eyes.
I believe there are still people waiting for me. Pines
blanket the mountain face—intractable, unfit, untrue.