Chiseling limbs in the wind,
laughing. Willow, willow.
I get married there, amongst the prime rib
and dahlias. But even as I don the white dress
and honeysuckle down the aisle,
you are inside of me, singing of ancestors.
I’m counting up your bones, you start,
before dropping all the dishes.
Bride white bones. The ancestors
pull up in their boats on the beach. T
he willows rattle their bare mustard branches in the wind.
The sky is gray. The water is gray.
I do, I say, I do, I do.
 Nastasia, N. (2006). I’m counting up your bones. [Recorded by Nina Nastasia]. On
On Being. [LP, Vinyl, Album]. Brighton, England. FatCat Records.