Darkness takes separate things
and makes them indivisible.
The sky and horizon, body against
body, the smell of earth dredged,
the blade dug in, turning up
what was hidden. You’ve uncovered
me, our nudities grounding us
in the actual, our bodies’ inevitable
darkness: I understand you.
Lindsay Illich is the author of Rile & Heave (Texas Review Press, 2017) and the chapbook Heteroglossia (Anchor & Plume, 2016). Rile & Heave won the Texas Review Press Breakthrough Prize in Poetry. She teaches at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts.