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In the front seat,

I am talking with Ulli

about all the people we know

who are hurting.

 

They are people we love,

and there are no right words to say,

so we say the words we can—

I’m sorry. That’s hard. I hope

 

it will be okay.

We drive past a family of deer

standing on an island

in the center of the Uncompaghre River.

 

We oooh with the pleasure

of seeing them, their bodies, slight,

moving both separately and together.

Just an hour ago, we were singing

 

a whole concert of love songs, and though

not all the notes were right,

the spirit with which we sang

was no less true.

 

It was easy, in those moments

to believe in harmony,

to smile and really mean it.

I urge the car to follow the curves

 

of the river road.

There is a gate we pass

that is crooked. For years, each time

I have passed it I long to make it straight.

 

This time is no different.

I ask myself, Can you fall in love

with the world as it is,

this world in which no words

 

can make things right?

To the west, I spot a hawk

sitting in the empty branches.

I would like to slow down here

 

to watch it sit. The road curves on.

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