Amid a Crowd

By Tamsin Smith


Come stranger

We’ve been years 

In the sweet

Stay of slack tide

Unstressed by ebb or flow

Slant-set drift nets

Outside time’s arrow

Buoyant as coins

Tossed with no score to settle

Sheer-float signal souls

Bound by bracketed intimacy

Two figures

Nearing recall

On either side of waterfall

Followed by storm watch

Punctuator of all

Separate returns

Returns and returns

Always and never

Seized from the day

You ceded my bard’s

Glowing bars back

To me murmuring

How you live here now

Here (touches self)

No line bare

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