Passing a Lake and Noticing There Were Swimmers
The lake-swimmers push out again. Clothes wrapped in plastic on the bank. Is this what freedom is? The night-swim. The moon its own lake. The legs kicking past the waterweed and primrose. Our dream of privateness. I think of them and think of a bell ringing and a bell being ignored. The bank drifts back – they swim the water’s mirror: in starlight, reflecting the starlight, in sunlight, reflecting the sun. Their life just a rumour past the shore.
Exiting the Library
Night’s coming for the librarians, darkening the window behind the desk – the returned books have found their homes, name to name, back on their shelf; the last of the borrowers head out, the stragglers at the workspace desks pack bags to the tune of one last sentence – it’s a time for barn-owls somewhere else, landing on a branch, the two wings folding somewhere inside the woods’ cold breath, closing the way a book might close, soft, softly, or a door close when everyone has left.