“At the Flood”
I remember our first night together,
camped on the floor at your sister’s,
the fire snapping and cackling
like a squab imp beside us.
I could barely see you in the gloom
of shadows wavering up the wall,
but watched your kind eyes smile.
Next day we climbed the Hill
to clear our heads, and our cold breath
caught into eddies and swirls.
It scares me to think you were
too shy to ask to meet again;
and if I hadn’t blurted out
in my impulsive way, those few hours
might have ebbed, not
surged on into a turbulent flow
towards here, this room, this laughter.