Your Brother’s Face
You believe your brother will come down
after the rains
and rock with you through the twilight suicides
of moths against the bulb
hanging from the porch ceiling like an answer
or a bald old man on fire with love.
He will be tired, your brother. Wearing tired moons
on his fingernails, he will tell you the train that brought him
ran on shadows, the fireman feeding them into a vat
of black flame as the stars emerged and an owl
flew among them, looking for whatever secret thing
might hide and breathe and never make it home.
He will say it is better to forget
than forgive and show you a photograph of a blind man
waving to an empty field. How long has he been
standing by that hill where the road stops?
Surely in town the bars have closed their faces
and your brother’s face turns toward you, more beautiful
than young, like something tarnished
but glimmering. If it’s a stranger’s face, you’re home
and your brother is all around you under the lamp.