A thousand miles up and over
a rough-hewn stone sits atop
the bodies of my parents
A smooth space on the side
for a name that will mean
Nothing to anyone in time
On this their anniversary
beside each other for
the first time in almost
a decade the rain has fallen
As if they planned this day
when they picked that stone
with the rough divot they hoped
would collect rain for the birds
Dusk leans in to the porch as we talk this anniversary night.
A cricket quietly mans the railing, as if he too were taking a moment
away from the kids and phone and all the cricket world’s white
noise and sitting on the silent rail of the moment. Clouds once pink
with end of day excitement have settled to the gray of river stones.
Later it will rain. Already the fresh breeze on the front’s other side
is banging the screen door of the abandoned house next to us.
Tomorrow the new season will walk in, confounded, wondering
who left the place and why, why they couldn’t wait for cooler
weather to prevail. On a thin boat of thought I push us away
from this container of emptiness to emptiness itself,
pointing out your heavenly body in the silt of the star river.
There is a cricket manning the oars and he will serenade us as well,
if he is still alive when we anchor just past the equinox.