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This Is A Poem For My Father
by Andrena Zawinski
...There is my past which is really past...
--from There Is by Guillaume Apollinaire
There are my feet in cotton socks on your toes.
There is a Patti Page waltz, my wing bone arms at your waist.
There I am with you, bathed in light. I hold on tight.
We are dancing.
There is long ago and long to come.
There is a flutter of leaves on a speechless breeze.
There is a wind moving in, in an echo of motion and chatter.
There are clouds in the sky I search for your face.
There are strangers a blur in the crowd, a hum heavy with
There is who you have become, your face a face in the crowd,
one of many faces
on a vendor selling lace from a stall at Les Puces de Paris
on the lips of a Tunisian eating chorizo in baguettes at Gare
on the ferry captainís arms at Pont Neuf carrying me down
on the soldier riding the train watching sunflowers grapple
on the old manís hands rolling balls across Coquille Square
on a gypsy boy I tossed coins for a look at your amber eyes on
on the Moroccan, Bastille Day, just off Rue St. Antoine. In
we were dancing.
There are words pressed into my fingertips brushing your
There is me missing all that you might have become. You are
There is you looming above me wrapped by your muscled arms,
There is your heart beating hard inside my chest wall.
There is time passing through me like a conduit.
There is long ago. There is long to come.
There is this past that is really past.
There is me, suddenly without you.
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