The bitter chill of absence shudders in,
sailing unsteadily on the gelid night air;
an unwelcome zephyr,
too rhino-skinned rude
to stutter an apology.
Saline squall erupts, furrows,
freeze-dries, cracks open the earth –
repeats; saturation slips me deep.
your name unfurled
on every molten breath,
to hang wraith-like in this room
and watch me sleep.