Even two years later, she still gets correspondence
addressed to him. Correspondence. This like that.
The one on the ground lofts two at a time
with just the right lift for them to finish
their rise as the one on the scaffold turns
At the end of the work day
you could tell exactly how far you had gotten
and how much farther you had to go.
Here were said the words men say.
The oil stove winked its slit black eye;
it knew they did not have their way.
Small-town AM station,
still doing a gospel number every hour.
Two days into the flood
they appear, moored against
a roof eave or bobbing caught
Ghost moon in the upper right-hand corner
where we used to write our names—
Is it quiet there, Tom,
adrift from your drift of ashes?
The Happy Handyman's van
has just come down my street.
has given him a shirt
with his name on it.
Such is the way
We were behind on the job
so waited out the rain in the pickup.
Because the backhoe would mire