there are two moments that
come to mind,
calming my heart & then
pushing it aside
I feel energized.
1. it is the layer of molasses in the deep summer
about a month more to go before
we can sit in school & thank
God for the air conditioning
& the rain doesn't wash
it doesn't cool
and at the bus stop my mind
runs through constant thoughts of
"did i miss it?" & "it won't be long."
and you, Tina, are that instant I see
the top of the Milwaukee Transit Chariot read
"you will be on your way shortly."
2. many men, I imagine, stood on
the plank of a rotting pirate ship
in an unmarked sea somewhere east of me
and when they were asked for their last words
of remorse they stumbled because a thought
of your timeless wit, the poise and brilliance of a
dancing porpoise, stole their breath &
they were thankful (over & over) because
when they think about you they,
for the first time in their memory,
forgot their fear of death.
- Suzanne Jones