The beauty of it’s also
the hell of it: our sharpest teeth
fall out first. Our rustic customs say
sever tomatoes from their seeds,
roast till they start to weep,
set the table as you’d set a bone.
Overheard in the arcade:
“Don’t ask permission,
ask forgiveness.” Spare me the
wisecracks, fiddle boy,
put down your signs.
When I learn to read,
you’ll be the first to know.
To keep my mind roomy,
I’m forgetting a word a day,
unless I forget. So dream
with confidence, tell the husband
by the dog; the shepherd you never fixed,
the husky with cancer,
the golden who couldn’t master
bow or wow, and the husbands
trotting behind. By the time you awake
they’ll all match up, the bitch you put to sleep
(she cradled in your arms, you in his)
the marriage solemnized
in quickness and in stealth.