Dreaming in Welsh by Temple ConeThe sky is making love to a swan, they say,
And why not, when the town quiets suddenly in a snowfall
As if no one lived there. Shop windows unlit,
The roads clear of traffic, the glow of a street lamp
Seems to darken all it touches with its thin light.
Alone in the house, I listen to the soft pittance
Of flakes drifting against the storm window.
Outside, a man coasts downhill on a bicycle.
His rear wheel slips slightly as he slows
Before my neighbor’s mailbox. Through the snow,
I can hardly see if he slides a letter in or takes one out,
Or if he simply stares a while into the box.
When he pushes off, the dark rolls in behind him
The way ink blooms in a glass of water, and I reach
For the letter I just finished writing you. For the words
Seem fleeting and fallen as the snow, and I worry
How they will sound to you—like the call of whistling
Or a faint tapping at your window? But I’ve sealed
The envelope, written the address, even chosen a stamp.
Then I read your name across the front. Your name
Is the one, maybe the only, true thing I’ve written.