Descent

Jack and Jill
came down that hill
so long after they started up,
that all that remained
from the time they departed
was a bucket between them—
even their names left behind them.
His name was Hjuki
and her name was Bil
and when they left
it was for the waters of heaven,
but when they returned
we saw only bumbling fools.


Hjuki and Bil are mythical Norse twins thought by some to be the inspiration for the Jack and Jill nursery rhyme.