Marin Poetry Center. Marin Library. Read with my friend, San Rafael poet Roy Mash. We agree before hand... Roy will introduce and read a poem of mine, while I do the same for him. Roy does more than justice to "Dog With Father, At Their Ease In Heaven" (see below) and produces as well "A one poem chapbook" using Dog Angel image as cover art. "Dog, With Father..." appears in God is in the Cracks as part of the father-son series. New & Selected Poems due out from Red Hen Press will include this plus a dozen or more new poems in the father-son sequence.
Dog, with Father, at their Ease in Heaven
Bow wow, bow wow. You know what heaven is?
Dogs, dogs and people,
dogs, everywhere, dogs—and people
who can’t be without them.
Listen to me. You put a dog in this place
and you think he’s gonna stop being a dog?
Or people? The dead don’t change.
Whatever they were in life, they are now.
Look at your father over there, smoking;
you think because a person’s dead, he’s done?
Done? Done what?
And God? Sonny, He’s not going to help you.
Anyway, everything oscillates
between is and is not.
On, off. On, off.
Yes, no. Yes, no.
Aristotle said it.
and there’s howling necessity.
There’s the way things are
and the way they really are.
So, the dead don’t want to hear you carrying on.
if you want to, but mourn with your mouth shut.
The dead don’t want to hear it.
Forgive the dead for their mortality.
Forgive your father, Sonny, forgive him
for being dead.
Copyright (c) 2006, 2008, 2009, Robert Sward, God is in the Cracks. See also New & Selected Poems due out soon from Red Hen Press.
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