The Longest Day
(Summer Solstice, Yukon)
The stars are absent, now,
a multitude of impossible patterns,
replaced by one brightness
shining sun-circle constant.
I will linger in the northwest
while you follow the light east,
go back through the mountains
which invited us to climb them,
kiss their deceptive smoothness,
revel in their cracks and wrinkles,
caress with hand and tongue
ancient fire bones laid bare.
If we surmount these challenges,
ascend, it will be to separate
peaks though different pasts.
So, today, before you left,
I scaled a small bluff,
little feet of these mountains,
found wildrose petals
whose soft scent will gentle fade,
and offered them to you.
Impossible love takes us to places we never imagined going, so I found myself alone in the Yukon in 1986.
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