This Is a Letter

This is a letter to the worm-threaded earth.

 

This is a letter to November, its gray bowl of sky riven by black-branched trees.

A letter to split-tomato skins, overripe apples, & a flock of fruit flies lifting from the blueing clementines’ wood crate.

To the broken confetti of late fall leaves.

This is a letter to rosemary.  

 

This is a letter to the floor’s sink & creak, the bedroom door’s torn hinge moaning its good-night.

This is to the unshaven cheek.

To cedar, mothballs, camphor, & last winter’s unwashed wool.

This is a letter to the rediscovered,  

 

to mulch, pine needles, the moon, frost, flats of pansies, the backyard, hunger, night, the unseen.

This is a letter to soil, thrumming as it waits to be turned.

This is a letter to compost, eggshell’s bone-ash chips, fruit rinds curved like fingernails, & stale chunks of bread.

A letter to the intimate dark—mouth-warm & damp as a bed.  

 

This is a letter to the planet’s scavenging lips.  

 

Rebecca Dunham

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Feb 20, 2009