THE JOURNAL ASKS ABOUT DEVOTION, A MSS.
Come as they're given,
complete. Each line
a piece of reality
available to all—not
one more important
than any other,
capable of surprise
or reversal. Pleasure,
going forward or back.
Athletes dying young
18 June 2010
THE SCHOOL THAT NEVER CLOSES
We're in the car, Mom and I,
driving for an ice cream cone,
when the language slides
from her mouth, between her
forgetting disease and daily work
she struggles to bring to the surface,
Jim, you belong to the school
that never closes. Pulling the car
to the curb, I ask her to say again
what she has just said. I say her words
back, nodding at what she bestows
in ceremonial listening.
That's right, Mom. I accept what cannot
be given elsewhere by church or university.
I am free to do, and I belong
to that school that never closes.
12 September 2009 / 5 June 2010
WITH THE YELLOW SCHOOL BUS
AT INDIAN JOHN HILL REST STOP
50 kindergartners on their way
to the city zoo step off the bus
and walk single file with their chaperones
to the bathroom to pee and poop.
3 June 2010