This long night
Is waiting like whoever drove to the emergency room after the accident
Checking its watch at the sound of a red eye out of Kennedy
Do words have the power to unmake the damage? These words, tapped into a phone?
On the other side, consider what is done in each second, and which are left empty
While hovering over the bed watching the doctors put you back together
It’s the winter ritual that goes back
Back further than It’s a Wonderful Life,
Back to mammoths and meat and staring into a fire
Consider what is done in each second
At 7:15 the sun returns — see it climb over the houses and climb with it.