Raining, after the driest October
in twenty years, citizens hustle
across the street to take cover.
I join in, cross the street with my bags
from the market soaked by the rain, hurry
to beat the light turning red.
A maple leaf falls, another.
At the same time, she stokes
the fire with branches
as thin as her wrists, sets
the kettle on the stove—
waits to remove my clothes,
to sit me in front of the fire
with a blanket draped
over my shoulders, to pull the kitchen
knife from the drawer
to cut the gouda, to slice the Fujis
in half, to warm a loaf of bread.
Photo from here.