We return to old wounds.
I told her, but she did not believe me. Belle.
And I have rejected several metric tons of noise to be a dedicated son.
Asks for a single rose.
Saved by a fire beneath a sturdy mantle in the cold countryside.
One of the first French films I saw. Maybe the very first.
Where my eyes were open.
King Lear and filial piety and the prodigal.
But daughters who are pure. Rare.
1001 nights. The same question.
The persistence of memory.
We must visit. We must move. We must be there.
Magic mirrors before Skype or Facetime.
Back when coups involved messengers on horses.
It should be Cupid firing the arrows.
And not chess against Deep Blue.
Folger’s instant karma.
Here’s your svelte reward.
And your big fat penalty.
It would be nice.
To finish my penance.
And in these tests to feel the peace of Mother Teresa.
That we can call on a saint and ask translation.
We don’t need the whole fairy tale.
Mostly the arms with candelabras and the blinking statues.