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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.