She could tell he loved her. He wanted her there
sitting in the front pew when he preached.
He liked to watch her putting up her hair
Because you'll find how hard it can be
to tell which part of your body sings,
you never should dally with any young man
who does any one of the following things:
We have memorized America,
how it was born and who we have been and where.
In ceremonies and silence we say the words,
Some of what we do, we do
to make things happen,
the alarm to wake us up, the coffee to perc,
the car to start.
We thought it would come, we thought the Germans would come,
were almost certain they would. I was thirty-two,
the youngest assistant curator in the country.
No matter how she tilts her head to hear
she sees the irritation in their eyes.
She knows how they can read a small rejection,
When I was a boy and a man would die
we'd say a verse when the hearse went by
one car two car three car four
Look at their faces. You know it all.
They married the week he left for the war.
Both are gentle, intelligent people,