you are a hard one
staring off as you do
gentle eyes throwing pity
to every hidden thing
hairless head revealing
each crease of question

brother true arm wrapped
as to claim, she is mine,
death will not touch
and if it should try
I go first fending
the blizzard whole

oh, you are a hard one,
inscrutable, holy, choosing
me to speak your words
knowing I will fail,
having absolved me
before I begin