When a clatter came,
It was horses crossing the ford.
When the air creaked, it was
A lapwing seeing us off the premises
Of its private marsh. A snuffled puff
Ten yards from the boat was the tide blocking,
unblocking a hole in a rock.
When the black drums rolled, it was water
Falling sixty feet into itself.
When the door
Scraped shut, it was the end
Of all the sounds there are.
You left me
Beside the quietest fire in the world.
I thought I was hurt in my pride only,
When you plunge your hand into freezing water,
A bangle of ice round your wrist
Before the whole hand goes numb.