Saturday afternoon ticks towards
retrieving children from sun-split brick,
radiator-hot buildings –
split wide open from a late-fall light
that is pushing on the skin of cold,
copious snows my very young
All that light is streaming through the gape
of the building windows.
And the piano dance music
skims the walls,
for stairs ascending.
At the pique
I return, glad to see you --
artfully leading restless bodies.
Your hands, startled starfish, tense to concentrate on
plump toes pointed outward,
and I take my usual place,
a filament behind the classroom’s door.
the sun moves strangely,
and you move strangely.
We become two bodies uncommonly aligned here:
iris to iris.
are rimmed like gold foil coins,
lit by helium fire –
Some angle has shown me the Gods.
I look down and one of your sneaker shoelaces is untied and frayed and
your dark, pilled sweater is old in this light.
But I would take it off for you every day,
even though the sun has moved too low in the sky to impress the windows,
even though you have turned around and, now,
somewhere my tiny daughter waits.
I woke up
to brush my back teeth,
and my neck is sweating,
and the tips of my finger feel
dirty and this body does
home. Once there
We were twelve – and
if I could go there this
would turn out different. This
sneak away from heat,
from bones seeped oddly of what might kill me
to downstairs, to somewhere cool,
to your childhood, to the
perfect couch instead of all this dust.
But remember that fight when
your mother hated mine
and the agreement was
that I would still do the
work for your family
friend anyway, to
rock their sweet, small baby to sleep.
I kept some pacts, but
you wouldn’t look at me for days
Now you will (do), but I’m warm, and I cannot sleep.