By Galway Kinnell
That Silent Evening
I will return to that silent night once we lay jointly and talked in silent voices, whereas outdoor gradual lumps of sentimental snow fell, hushing as they received close to the floor, with a fireplace within the room, during which centuries of tree went up in non-stop ghost-giving-up, with no crackle, into morning light.
Not until eventually what quickens went slower did we sleep.
When we bought domestic we became and seemed again at our tracks twining out of the woods, the place the branches we brushed opposed to allow fall puffs of glowing snow, fast, in silence, like stolen kisses, and the place the scritch scritch scritch one of the timber, that's the sound that dies contained in the sparks from the wedge whilst the sledge hits it off heart telling every thing within it's fireplace, jumped to a black department, hyped up yet with no fingers and so as to our eyes lonesome, and but also--how will we recognize this?--happy!
in form of chickadee. mendacity nonetheless in snow, now not iron-willed, like railroad tracks, prepared to not meet till heaven, yet the following and there treading slubby kissing stops, our tracks wobble around the snow their lengthy scratch.
So many stuff that occur listed here are fairly little extra, if even that, than a scratch, too. phrases, in our mouths, are nearly prepared, already, to bandage the only whom the scritch scritch scritch, that means if how after we may possibly lose one another, scratches scratches scratches from this second to that. Then i'll return to that silent night, while the prior simply controlled to overlap the long run, if purely by way of a hint, and the sunshine doubles and casts during the darkish a gleaming that heavens the earth.
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A New Selected Poems by Galway Kinnell