Saturday in CinCity. The Miss New Orleans Edition.
Our girlie-girl was in New Orleans for the Final Four final game, but had another reason to be down there which involved a job interview. After weeks of crossing our fingers and lighting multiple Our Lady of Guadelupe candles--very concerned about job prospects and economic recovery--our girl found out she got the job. While she is busy packing up this weekend for her move next week, we are busy gathering bits and pieces here to exchange with her the things she won't need till she finds an apartment. Go down with a fold-up cot, come back with a backseat full of winter coats and sweaters. Sheer joy and excitement have been replaced with some nostalgia and a nod to Time who keeps truckin' on whether we are quite packed and ready or not.
For a Daughter Gone Away
by Brendan Galvin
Today there’ve been moments
the earth falters and almost
goes off in those trails of smoke
that resolve to flocks so far
And small they elude my naming.
Walking the Boston & Maine
roadbed, September, I understand
why it takes fourteen
cormorants to hold the bay’s
rocks down. Have I told you
anything you ought to know?
In time you’ll come to learn
that all clichés are true, that
a son’s a son till he marries,
and a daughter’s a daughter
all her life, but today
I want to begin Latin with you
again, or the multiplication
tables. For the that first phrase of
unwavering soprano that came
once from your room, I’d suffer
a year of heavy metal. Let all
who believe they’re ready for
today call this sentimentality,
but I want the indelible
print of a small hand
on the knees of my chinos again,
now that my head’s full of
these cinders and clinkers
that refused fire’s refinements.
I wish I could split myself
to deepen and hold on as
the crossties have, and admit
goatsbeard and chicory,
bluecurls and blazing star,
those weeds of your never quite
coming back. I wish I could stop
whatever’s driving those flocks
and drove the B & M freights into air.
I believe I'm soon to find out, Lady Day.
please note: photo by monkeypox