Dostoevsky,Kurt Vonnegut, and I
spent many afternoons together.
We talked about life and death,
when I Iooked through a telescope and saw
Globular Cluster M13 in Hercules,
what I felt
We talked about loss,
that special dust
so many works of art
and the wisdom of striving
a little less for perfection
and a little more for plain good....
Forty years disappeared
like the past lives of novels
I had read again and again.
And then, one morning, I called my two friends
to say I couldn't make it
to our next tête-à-tête,
and just as I hung up the phone,
my head split wide open
a tremendous, tall tree burst right through--
complete with green leaves, fat golden fruit,
and the seasonal bird.
I tap-danced to that sweet bird's tune--
to-wit to-woo, to-wit to-woo--
then climbed up the tree
straight out of my mind
far past the two sides of the moon.
Causes Peggy Landsman Supports
Green Peace, Pro Literacy Worldwide, International Planned Parenthood, Doctors without Borders, National Jewish Health