From where I’m sitting, I picture her on her balcony
overlooking her city of grids and grey verticals.
Maybe she’s still in her travelling-coat. Maybe her keys
are thrown on a glass table by a remote and an ashtray,
and her belt still knotted at the back, the way it was
when she walked through security without turning, my kiss
an obol in her mouth. As her words cut through space, I hear
a distant rush hour thrum beneath an open window.
In my other ear, but five hours earlier, a blackbird
is fluting out his presence from a dark twist of branches.
Otherwise, the garden’s silent, scented, oblivious
to the black pencil-strokes of borders, the miles
swallowed by planes; the mad incompatibility of clocks.