Above the bright cove
where the lawns are coming back
to the old mansions,
the dead leaves snow preserved in-
including the silence.
As I walk around
I’m swept into the vacuum
Vacuum domicilium: “the doctrine that the colonists were entitled to the land because the Indians were not making full use of it”—Rosmarie Waldrop, A Key Into the Language of America (New Directions, 1994), xvii.