O to be back in the southwest at dusk,

beneath the red streaks that sometimes

line the sky with spray tan enthusiasm.

This is the day worn thin,

marked by the wind's sudden realisations

(trees are a nation state, a beard is horizontal).

Don't you know that winter means

passing houses during the family meal,

each hallway bathed in a television's blue?

Don't you know that we must live in the shadows

of great financial institutions?

But this pinstriped night

where stars bleed into city lights,

where planes could be skywriting

the evening sky somehow,

where each constellation scaffolds the canopy,

allowing the universe to find its breath

in imperious and strange relations.