Patricia Goedicke (19312006) Never a Shade But real. As goatskin. As leathery pomegranate packed with seeds circulating through all of us, you were sweet sap, you were apple; even in old age never drained: fine high jet of conversation endlessly rising and falling, no I am not exaggerating here: you were articulation's juiciest snow pea pod of a man loaded with salts crystallizing into sugars, into hard fragrant cider: even sagging from the heart-stem painfully, at the apparent end you were still full of it, spirits that never sting but speak true, brisk buckups for darkening friends, fruit flies and honey bees multiplying around you then as they do now, under leafless trees stricken, jostling each other for one more sip of you. After Chekhov Pencil dropped in his lap, half dozing on the porch: scarlet petals droop against gray clapboards, grizzled chair-stuffing sags over the orange and greenish outdoor carpet-- 6 Idiots, why do they drive so fast?--snarls at the cars racing through narrow intersections under broad, low-hanging maples where children gurgle, absorbed sticky clots of them on the sidewalks Then back to brooding--is it supper time yet, where is she, is it time to take
Prairie Schooner – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Aug 20, 2007
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