Mr. Mann Attends Sleepover

Days filled themselves with snow.
The seasons were changing. Nervous
birds quartered the sky. The hour
approached. He had a list of what
to pack. A down sleeping bag. Freeze-
dried. Crampons if you thought you
would climb. A sky-compass. Fruit.
There was a pocket recorder in case
anyone spoke. He included a list
of landmarks of the world. A few
old prayers. All the relevant walking
papers. Sourcebooks and artifacts.
Precious photos from the graveyard.