Back to Sun

River pulls us down to the mouth
Jumping for snatches of sunlight
Hot on our backs, our silver joy
Out in the air where I sing this
If I may, mid-flip, pause and talk.

It's hot today.  In the morning
You pulled me down to your mouth,
Forswearing your usual equanimity.
Afraid of the sea, I defer, referring
To our last walk, my breaking civility.

I distress myself, adjusting my tie;
We must work now, mourning no
Vainglorious urge to see.  We wave
The receipt of our younger selves,
To refund our impossible happiness.

Sam Brenton

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