Origin of Definition

The naming of things kept us busy. landlocked / deadbolt / dust bowl / house in the middle. We would read the entire list at the ceremony. After all, we were so careful about getting everything right, stuck on the word love for a day — love, like the failure of the word lung, like mineral. A grassy kiss against teeth. Grinning badly by a cactus. The blood dog’s bite against your thigh. Finally we settled: a hand in a room full of hands.