Each farmer loses something of the harvest;
each has planted rows too near the forest.
I’ve lost myself in losing her.
The torch is cast aside and smolders.
I return now, after years, to work the earth
as one returns to sex: Not to sow. To rehearse.
To feel the cold dirt pressed against the wrist.
“Demeter, after” is reprinted from Making the New Lamb Take (2007) by permission of Sarabande Books.