Will You Go Now


will you go now

will you choose

this

as your time

to leave

us

and all of this

cacophony

You are our

one and only,

dad —

you know —

you were the king

the ruler

that informed

and confounded

all our feminist leanings

into and away

We know what the headlights

look like

the arc of them

across the tan curtains

sundowner hour

The hand maidens

roused

the tinkle of ice

in cut glass

the brown slippers

at the lazy boy

He lives, he is here

he is in our midst

we must be perfect

turn the lights

way down low

Ella and Louie

play that song

We stand alert

in formation

eventually

he is at the door

wearing careful hidden

boisterous love

without language

wicked silver haired

shorter than you would expect

One by one

we stand on our toes

(we are all shorter than you would expect)

get the royal kiss

right there on the practiced cheek

We worshipped you

dad

we wholesome

worshipped you

we couldn’t reach you

most times

until now

just before you go

You regret, you regret

you say, the gaps

in your love

I was not perfect

but we forgive

and forgive

torrents of it

there is more than

enough

this love

You did good dad

you did good

The king is dead

long live the king

this same one

we are inseperable

love forever

will not be severed.


WONDER

If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence. 

George Eliot

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