If there are steps leading to the creek,

take them, one by one,

until you stand right next to the water.


Even if the beavers have already built,

you can pretend this could be your home,

this stretch of land between woods and water.


I would put my house on the rock in the middle.

I would make it out of fallen limbs and river glass,

with curtains made of scarves hikers have lost.


Beavers would be my neighbors, and bears,

and bobcats too would drink the same water

that I drink and bathe and swim in.


In the spring, when laurels bloom,

I would pull blossoms and stick them in my roof

the way I used to stick them in my hair.


In summer, I would bask in the sun on the rock

until the sun set over the mountain

and everybody wondered where I had gone.


By fall, I would probably get lonely for my other house,

the one on the other side of the mountain

with a fireplace and running water and a bed.


I could walk there from here, back up the steps,

come winter, if I knew my key would still work

and my cat would still remember me.