“When viewed in deep time, things come alive that seemed inert. … Ice breathes. Rock has tides. Mountains ebb and flow. Stone pulses. We live on a restless Earth.”
—Robert Macfarlane in Underlands
Inside your house, the radiator ticks, floors
shift and mutter. The skeleton of struts
and beams is clad with plaster and paint.
You’ve adorned the walls with more paint
—on canvas, on paper. A visiting friend
admires the art, the book-crammed shelves.
Talk turns to what she’s read, what
you haven’t. Excuses for uncracked spines.
Your dog’s steps are halting now, nail-
clack on hardwood more syncopated
than staccato. You hear him sigh.
In the driveway, a crunch as tires compress
the snow. A squirrel traverses wire and bare
branches. The tremble at leafless ends.
You feel the slow flow of tidal rock
how the current supports you, carries you.