The cold orange hands of the salamanders still wrap and unwrap the baby he dreams he was then long before there was any human family. Then their work was just beginning on the damp stones and mosses too. He had to be as little strange as possible. They were making the world & working on him too. He was
Martha Zweig is the author of Monkey Lightning (Tupelo Press, 2010), What Kind (Wesleyan University Press, 2003), and Vinegar Bone (Wesleyan University Press, 1999). She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award. She lives in Vermont.