I joke with a friend that I need someone 
who’ll love me in the same way I do 
the palisades that hug the Kentucky River–
distant and with a certain kind of care
that feels as selfish as a stone. 

Mountain, man, midden, whatever I am become,
is a river rock something ever closed off solid?
Even the palisades seep groundwater,
natural springs. Rock still crumbles with time,
time and a certain kind of pressing.