I love a woman so black
the night overflows with her,
so big that there's no confining her.
There are the scars that feather backward;
there is the grace of flesh and the jet, ramen-
noodle kink of hair against my arm;
there is the curve of eyelid
that makes the heart stand still,
and listen for an answering beat.
No, not looking for absolution;
the long count of crimes can go
and sing for its supper. It's love,
the only love I know and the only one I've held
through a long strange bright and lingering summer
paused at the tremor's edge.