a dancer in a cranberry dress lifts her arms
in front of a wooden door

two canoeists and their dog
come down the river

you claim to recognize clearly

fallen leaves float or sink
in the clear water
between mottled rocks

a mood, a memory, a desire

few have ever shared those rooms
usually stand outside, admire the exterior

the second trip, sought to see her
within a place of much different experience
and outlook

instead, the figure 6

(the family priest got down on me
for not earning enough: I was
the second highest paid
in the office)

a figure that would have raised concerned eyebrows
of many of my enlightened friends
the first day back always like running

to drag out as much
just in case I didn’t make that probationary
unnecessarily so, from our point

at a loss regarding structure, much less title
(some of us would prefer the alternative
“Live Free or Live in Virginia”

I want everyone to live happily ever after

Poem copyright 2016 by Jnana Hodson


Partitas 1 For the complete collection, click here.


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