The Years

Such were they, a dumb stuffed thing
to say, if truth is we all grow old un-
 
observed, limbs flail only halfway up
a flight, where does dark begin settling
 
my little bones. I dream and do love
to have them, blue fish
 
in a lake, my head more tipped up than down
under damp earth. Some days others like deer
 
from the shot, peeled back, how I
find trees dressed in wild
 
green light. The years come, unstitched
a face, saddled as one would a heavy beast
 
for walking. Likely I became then a member
of heaven, put up, the years come and reaching
 
their long wet hands.

Wendy Xu, "The Years" from Phrasis.  Copyright © 2017 by Wendy Xu.  Reprinted by permission of the author.