Variation on a Morning Task
Slipping between warmed
sleeping house, feet bared
and flat iced concrete slabs
with bags of trash as heavy as children.
Fermented remains spike the simple air –
several seconds before relief.
Pray for safe passage to the belly of dust –
pray for forgiveness.
In these early wintering hours, you have set into motion
a christening, decomposing
as you recoil homeward –
our rusted gate clasps into place.