Clothes stiffening into position overnight
on chairs or on the backs of chairs—
that is like a marriage too

and so is the rain crowding the window
so hard I can hardly see through

and so is the sand in the rock pool
when the stick in your hand
or the stone thrown by your hand
is a thing of the past

so the sand settles back
as before

what is obvious

is how the rock hides
inside itself

right there
in front of you.