As you sleep, I gather your hair—each strand so thin it spills from my hands like wet clay through your hands when you showed me how to braid glass into clay you glazed brown and blue with copper, named it earth and sky. Clay that was molded and stretched into flat plains and hollow hemispheres, into the earth broken open and drained of its oceans, emptied of coral reefs, dolphins, and shipwrecks leaving only shards of glass that catch and release the sun in my eyes. Clay you fired in the kiln that would incinerate your hair that keeps falling from my hands, from this loose braid tumbling down your neck until you wake, your hair in knots, my fingers tangled and tangling in your hair until slowly, you reach behind your head, place your hands on mine, and guide them through your hair, untangling the mess I’ve made, knot by knot, strand by strand, and we unravel.
William Brown is an MFA candidate in poetry at The University of Florida. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Copper Nickel, Crab Creek Review, The Hopkins Review, The Madison Review, and elsewhere. Twitter: @willyraiford; Website: wbrownwriting.com.