For my father, as he loses his memory
We go down to the boat,
through the screen of leaves gathered
where they gather to feed.
lean on a post.
And I am glad to know you
As one knows an author one has read,
a formal pleasure—
You always had a way with sunfish.
And now, after years of higher education, I’ve become
you. Perhaps some different name,
“Basil” or “Kingsley”
will join me upstream.
Away from the unpleasantness.
I’d like to get away from automobiles,
in particular, the reckless joy
of driving them.
For like you, I love cars.
And bats, come to think of it,
though I’ve never understood them.
Can’t stand them, in fact.
Their unkempt flight
more like a kind of falling
Over and over.
But enough about me.
Do you like these hands?
They have a certain “potential,”
don’t you think? Thus,
I avoid manual labor,
confine myself to talk
about the mind, mostly. And speculation
on the mind’s fate.
For, as originally promised, the Fates came
and changed things, some say for the better.
And some things stay the same,—
like the terrifying names of archaic undergarments,
our words remain
chiefly to scholars
for the separation they express between life and
the account of life.
But we are in both.
In full-length sunlight
we wait like bulbs
for a determined spring. The dark
cool light like air precedes
our serial advance.
Were it permitted, we’d wander