When my father funnels me from Canada I tell Michelle
that meters could not keep me from her & this is true.
When Jordan wins the race by a galaxy & breaks his
nose at the finish I tell him glory is often unsustained.
When the cartoon suggests we could go to China
I dig a hole & we get close. When my uncle gets
married in Cincinnati & vows “there is no other world”
I believe him. When Adam gets lice I pretend it is
gold dust. When my babysitter takes me to the museum
I briefly become interested in physical coherence.
When Sarah supposes the world to be flat I (regrettably)
inform her that so is she. When she breaks up with me
I wonder how something acquires value. When Peter
& I see a whale for the first time he says “look!” & two
girls are kissing. When my grandfather gets cancer
I eat vegetables relentlessly for a month. When E spills
rum on her prom clothes it gets in my mouth. When
Andy cuts his hair short I tell him widow’s peaks
are things of beauty. When I land in Philadelphia
the phrase “harrowing end of things” comes to mind
& then leaves. When we finger-smudge our way
through Chemistry it is a sign. When I ask Mrs. Z
what her book is about she says “a broken piece
of porcelain doesn’t give you much information.”
When I meet X I compliment her & six months later
I do it again. When she decides we should go to China
I have already started digging.