What did Abraham do?
He did what all other fathers
since him are striving to do.
Abraham just bought a color TV.
The color TV looks right
with the tones of the air in Brooklyn.
Abraham likes to walk about.
He likes the city at twilight.
The orangeness, those ancient
Now Abraham has been watching his TV.
So Abraham goes home to his wife
and her Salisbury dinners
and the cool truths of the evening
but then Abraham has a previous wife
he loves more too.
He imagines her ghost will trail him
to his last breaths.
Their son has gone off to college
by the good hills and woods and
of rural Pennsylvania.
Going back over the roads that wind to
where you loved me and
could no longer stand to love me
The oak trees are alive and they don’t believe you
the nature of your own and others existence
Ronnie Milsap playing
playing fertile tones across these blue hills
well, green hills
My three best friends have since married
found partners to take their hands
The wedding song of your body
deny the moon in the west in the night
skirting the legends and ghosts of the Ozarks
The water skiing redneck who failed as a father
but turned the Earth’s holy water to sunlight
The questing of Space that is torn from our
We cannot lust now ’til there is perfection
The perfection tis gone
You chase it
You chase it