First she found a lump no bigger than a pea
or a preposition—a small verb: to be.
The danger lies in conjugation
and the tenses—
is, are, would, could.
Will. She kept the will, a world.
I will, we will.
A synonym for tomorrow.
The shape of here is loss,
or a trade—flesh for life.
Her new body: built now for water—
a seal or a porpoise
(think of dolphins around the bow
as a schooner races along the coast
and the sails are full).
The wind makes a web on the water.
The body makes a plot.
The pain makes her tired. When
it is blue, the sky makes her sharp.