The wooded point
the river swirls around
the edge of the forest
its straggling growth of spruce and fir
the deep forest
full of tall light
blue green and jade green shadows
the spring in the tangle
the damp moss the liverworts
the red pine needle floor the roots
the roots in the path
to the shingled house by the river
its round kitchen table
the fireplace made of river rocks
the spiral stair the water washes
over and over
the room of seasoned pine
the double bed with its down quilt
the silence the darkness the cold
your hands your belly
your root