Figure eighters make good sighers.
_____________The men accused
find their own hot tracks loathesome
they hawk across the winter yard
+ watch the young swirl next door
trace the shape of the number eight
on the menace of the panty-
lined ice rink her father made
limp hosed hoser hosing the hardened lawn
til dawn and on & on it. freeze overnight.
They regard her through their windows
from their brokeback table; they spy
her when they pull into the drive.
They dream she invites them skating
and by hockey night they feel sore + alive.