The Ski Hill
The ski hill is a constellation embedded in the mountains.
The city looks up at it, considers its glow.
Different rules govern the mountain. Another weather grips
the land there. Snowfall registers
as a fog, off-white. People heading for the mountain hope
for cold fervently, as farmers pray
for rain. Skiers swath themselves in nylon and in wool,
strap long sticks to each of their feet,
and ascend a mountain so that they can fling their bodies down
into air, immersed in the privacy of physics.