A REMINDER OF LIFE’S WILDNESS +
It looks like a scene out of Heidi today everything
covered in white Slow-mo flakes cascade A crazed
cacophony of tiny screams as they melt Last blast
People tired of poet’s obsession with weather+ references
to cancer Stop reading now: if you are looking for answers
sunshine or daffodils (you know who you are!) Yesterday’s
news brought us sisters 97 yr. old twins who died within
minutes of each other
One of natural causes as they approached the other’s car The
2nd of hypothermia (supposedly gentle; a quiet shutting down)
as she waited +cradled twin #1 Zillions of stars overhead Reports
of several hundred falling to earth! Celebrating the twins 1st
responders found them in co-joined fetal position Just as they came
Something beautiful +cruel in this I’ll give you that Though it occurs
to me that I wouldn’t mind leaving on the same day as the boys I knew
first We who rode wild our bikes until dusk +the biggest one held off
police as we 3 pulled every flower on the street Mother’s Day 1966
Now old goats marching side by each dragging one another from the brink
when necessary Said a friend whose brother suicided 25 yrs. ago: may you
die the same day as your brothers
Who understands the world, and when
will he make it, make sense? Or she?
Maybe there is a pair of them, and they sit
watching the cream disperse into their coffee.
Like the A-bomb. This equals that, one says.
They exchange smiles. It’s so simple, they’ll be
done by lunchtime.
(Tracey K. Smith Life On Mars Pulitzer Prize)
Almost April 2017 for my bros M+H+J RIP Jean+Martha Young Barrington RI