Knots are contagious in autumn.
They chant America, I am jealous,
or congested. Muddy rocks
in the lung. Leaf piles. Anonymous bread.
Remember to listen to your uncle.
His shadow, asleep or awake,
his walking stick. In the tower
or still missing.
Shred his tuxedo, save each leaf
for chewing. New homicides nestled
in loaf, in bonsai.
Trace each loop, rib, and knuckle.
Touch your hand to his —
in cement, then water. Cough,