Only These Four Words

only quiet these woods
bark green leaves, smell
of jasmine is everything
we wished for this

only ocean gray waters
sand sun toes touch
cold salt wet time
here on winter beach

only nature and words
my notebook of memories
we walked up mountain
your eyes forever sky

only everything, this air
we breathe in together
life, all of it
will go on forever

Freedom During Quarantine

these evenings I stay up
late, just to see what has
accumulated during quarantine
days, overabundant family
time, the same dog walks
over and over, this darkened
hour is the only quiet space
without Zoom, or TikTok,
Netflix, or email invading
every minute, here I am
again, pretending to write
poems, freedom disguised
as ink words on a page