Yesterday a coyote crossed the road before me as I walked.
Forget-me-nots sparkled on the berm.
I wonder what to tell her in my next letter.
There is a loveliness in perception but it moves.
The coyote passes into the bracken, then deeper into forest.
In my mind he is frozen on the median, eyeballing me warily.
Grackles move into flocks, undulating in open sky.
Winter is coming.
Before she left she told me I was almost ready, which was why she was here.
You will forget me, she said.
But I will not forget you.
In her last letter, she reminded me to simplify all relationship.
Pay attention to sleep, she wrote.
What is is aware even unto sleep.
Walking I pass the crab apple tree, and the graves of horses.
Resistance remains a factor.
I don't always want to let go.
Nothing happens and everything is transformed, she promises.
I tell her about the coyote, passing so swiftly into forever.