January Sky

This was a blessing and I knew–

risking the narrow margins of running like hell
on a road with no shoulder

because I could and I wanted to
because I loved you I chose you and still do *

alive and flying towards forty
past half-frozen fields barns and stars

rows of cut-back corn stalks long gone
listening to this song responding by calling out

first your name then my own
beneath the blush of my January sky

* Because I can, because I want to, because I love you — forever grateful to Isabel Abbott for naming these reasons

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