Topography

Topography by Sharon Olds

After we flew across the country we

got in bed, laid our bodies

delicately together, like maps laid

face to face, East to West,

my San Francisco against your New York, your

Fire Island against my Sonoma, my

New Orleans deep in your Texas, your Idaho

bright on my Great Lakes, my Kansas

burning against your Kansas your Kansas

burning against my Kansas,

your Eastern Standard Time pressing into my

Pacific Time, my Mountain Time

beating against your Central Time,

your sun rising swiftly from the right my

sun rising swiftly from the left your

moon rising slowly form the left my

moon rising slowly form the right until

all four bodies of the sky

burn above us, sealing us together,

all our cities twin cities,

all our states united, one

nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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