Contemplation with red bridge and windy sunshine
The space between two people never quite closes. That’s
all right. It’s the rub of surfaces we need anyway, the slow
brush of hand on arm, the quick hug as we discover
an old friend has gone gray, that he’s reading on a hard
chair in the back room, leaving most of the house to strangers.
It’s all right to leave him there, maybe, to walk across
the red bridge and into the woods, travel the worn paths
in windy sunshine. Turning left each time will bring
you back. It’s all right, maybe, to explain that you won’t
be back till late, that you hope for coffee in the morning,
for a small table upstairs to spread out your books and papers,
most of which you won’t open before you pack up to leave.
The space between two people can open like a net, collapse,
dangle loose and empty, ready to catch and hold, to bind.