Saturday, February 20, 2010
What Surprises Me is That You Don't
This poem has been setting up house in my head. I think that what I'm writing these days might be talking back to it--or at least thinking into that last line.
(Above, that's the Wolf Moon of a few weeks ago.)
The Last Time
from What the Living Do
The last time we had dinner together in a restaurant
with white tablecloths, he leaned forward
and took my two hands in his hands and said,
I'm going to die soon. I want you to know that.
And I said, I think I do know.
And he said, What surprises me is that you don't.
And I said, I do. And he said, What?
And I said, Know that you're going to die.
And he said, No, I mean know that you are.