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“In the Morning Road” – a poem

Lawns, cerulean blue on broken brushes, water that goes on forever
People of greater depth, suffering and money “I’m afraid you are going to have to go.”

The rhyme  fails to seat the hook, a design of sex and crime.

Pretty flowers bend  but your deceased father and husband  are hovering here.
Your father’s omniscient reticence suffuses every word you speak.
His wealth suspends you.
You are dying shy waiting for  things that never come to those who wait.

Your husband’s ghost is in your house suspended in every room
watching his  son and his wife.  He likes the Squeak of death, of grief, and doom
above the blonde wood, the expensive light and hills of Naples yellow
Inclined sacred  native graves.
Sailing with the large brown ships of alcoholic, heavy-handed  Don
The neighbor’s pool, so sparely swum, so splash,  so rich.

The dogs are strange, too big,  too swank.  Register and show,
Send the children to Arizona for anthropology camp.
Generosity radiates entitlement.  As long as we’re giving, nothing gets in alive.
At fourteen when girls go south to stretch and snap away from mom and father-dominus,

where were you?  And at twenty, when parents dissolve and minds blossom
did you forget to rebel?

Triangulated by three men, by two ghosts and boy-cypher who knows all
and calls lots of shots, not as many as an infant but more than most.
Fatherspawn within the web of your legs at center, still and steadying the strands
waiting for a simple conversation.

The rich so thin they drip in their dawn jog, middle-aged stupor
staring and smiling stupidly at the smashed deer still steaming and bleeding
in the morning road.
Two blondes near fifty too embarrassed at the utter violence and those dopey smiles
Those dogs again

The rapist oh, therapist who sympathized profoundly with angst and attention

as your fortune loomed over your head like a giant bag of packing bubbles.
He ruminated  and speculated and cogitated and watched the residue on his walls
You flowed with measure and depth. He listened – you paid, he listened – you paid
So easy to be sympathize.

The chex, the chex, the chex, the sex, the rice, your honeymoon so nice.
Troubled sleep in double bed and snoring soft and listen
waking twenty five times a night and wonder about  cold air,
the deep game beyond describing playing out all innocence of course
who knows your inner child, your secret sharer, your silent snow
His dark and vaporous Virginia love for little girls.

Just one is not enough but you are the last of five at Christmastime.
It’s you, it’s me, we’re five, now six and endless seven.
Love comes dripping down from heaven
one cold drop flows down my skin to my toes and shines inside the hole.
Then eight and nine we stay in line with just enough to spare the cat from falling.

So where’s my woman in this crowded house bent from carrying her obedience.
It is too crowded for me.  Too many ghosts.  Too many things beyond speaking.
The part of me that calls the shots says  run!  They’re bigger than the both of us.
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