SECTION TWELVE
POETRY PAGE FOUR

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COLUMN 108, AUGUST 1, 2004
(Copyright 2004 The Blacklisted Journalist)

DUSTING

It was mother's work, this brush of shadows.
Now, my cloth dusts crystal on the bookcase
shelf, then, to the silver mirror from Mexico.

That travel is a memory, half dust, half light, 
beside the three brass bowls that collect dust 
from the open window, right next to the pencil

drawing of his naked torso in a gilded frame.
I imagine, then, the word "dust" as verb 
and noun: setting down our work, taking it up

again, to dust his back with powder, or dust 
by air the fields of wheat to make them ripe,
and now, to dust the glass across this sketch 

that collects the heart's equivalent of rust.
How nice, his picture polished bright to wait
the hand that lifts us up once more from dust.  ##

* * *

GROWING UP

What do you see, he asks the child?
I see a meadow bright with days of gold,
and the moon at night casts a silver glow.
The world is new and never old.

What do you see, he asks the boy
who climbs at will the backyard tree?
I see a bike and a BB gun, my toys
are tied with bows and gifts for me.

Young man upon the landing, tell me 
what you see. I see the flap of batting 
flags and soldiers marching proudly
up the garland stairs of victory.

And you, the master workman, tell me 
what you see. I see the straw and mud 
from which my daily bricks are made.
I see my work and love soon fade. 

Old, white haired man upon the ledge 
what do you squint to see? I see the pit 
of ash and outlines of my skeleton. 
I see where all our wounds are one.  ##


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