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The mountainside failed. But when we saw that deep spot the dead sun came back heavy as an engine and my pick rattled like a gun.

The ice unravelled; we peeled it from his toothy face, glittering brown, a woody rubber round his mind, the Bronze Age still stuck to his tongue.

We etched; I touched his empty thumb. My present echoed like a tomb. We stood in the twilight alpine wind. We knelt into the glassy loam

until our slowing fingers numbed, stroking out his ancient stone with gentleness like fishes’ fins, tinkering his resurrection”

trowelling out unfinished bone four thousand years away from home” cold laboring late angels asking him, Who do you say I am?