you are like yourself, sad
and far away, a dark ruby,
a slow celtic dance by night-fire
when no one is watching.
See how the hills recognize
your singing, how they lie down
satisfied, their mournful brown faces
buried in their muscled arms
listening. How evening wraps
its purple robes around your back,
a velvet funeral gown; the earth
anchors your heart like root.
Again, the moon casts the cold
glow of her own loyal sorrow
across the wild strands of your hair
and dances with you.