you will speak your own language.
You broke my mother and so you broke
me, lost in the thicket of your misfortune.
Sharp brittle branches sticky with bird shit,
dusted with gray down.
The mouth of the Duwamish smells like creosote. Gravel yard.
Freight train on a rusted trestle.
We lashed a raft together and set off paddling. I wasn’t
yet born. The water dried salty, reliable, cold.
sudden, without ceremony
Afraid of me.
When did our tormenters become
so frail, pock-marked shell fragment,
grain of sand.