These people –
in our lives,
but how long for?

take it all for granted,
or not:
take them all
and hold them tight,
take them all
and hold them close,
as close as you can
in your feeble, human arms.

for we are floating
in a tepid lagoon
watching icebergs, melting
from our creaking canoe;
the water is waiting
patient and sure
shark-infested, without lifebelts:
MayDay (sauve qui peut).