One, to open your satchel & take these warm seeds-- your remaining days. Give me your hands to balm for the planting. For now, these tasks are enough. You are alive & well enough, with a pond & two Appaloosa ponies in Kansas. Someday, I will feel the distance between now & then lessen. It’s the moment before the return--
I am so far away when it occurs. Look:
I have clothes pins in my hands, hanging bedsheets.
The divineness of you—one morsel of God, will be just beyond the sheets I am hanging in light.
-- Micah Ruelle is a queer Midwestern poet residing in Minneapolis. Their chapbook, Failure to Merge, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2019. They were recently selected by Kaveh Akbar for 2021 Best New Poets. They hold an MFA from Texas State University, and currently teach at Century College.