seascapes from time exposed

water hangs low,
rarely falls.
here, our trees and hands
fall victim to it,
vouchsafed by it.
victims, because it erases
cicadas’ footprints
and the army ants’ prey.
peculiar though, this erasure—
with wider aperture
humidity lifts and stays,
footprints are removed
and yet remain overhead
in extended exposure.
a suspension—
retaining multitudes
that ought to slide
like moments off the hands
you live through.
seize this history
in salt and landscape’s
italic interstice: hold.