hegira: a dangerous journey or exodus; reference to the flight of Muhammad from Mecca.
Body of well-known naturalist found in river
I helped more than hindered, not the least wary.
A woman wanders to escape. The riddle vanished
somewhere before the beginning, in cavernous seas
or scorched desert dust. She was a perfect pear-shaped
sea-bound teardrop. I wish her well. No hegira
more compulsory than this reckoning.
Too many nights blight sleep. A deaf-mute recants,
if only we could see or hear. Tiny eyelets open within eddies.
These tears are all we need, they join sweat, urine, blood
mingle with the stuff of death. No earth, no gold or silver.
She followed mercury, swift messenger of pain and unwanted riches.
Life is a bibelot, the only remedy refusal, breath held forever.