with a mace and a longbow arrow
lodged firm in his breastplate.
"Isn't there something we should do?"
"Won't it be a shock for the coroner's colander?
His blood is so thick with the fight.
And when they find the twenty-something hearts in his stomach...
It was all I could get him to eat some nights," she sighs,
and looks out toward the castle wall.
She closes her eyes and faces the far-off moat
where I splashed and sputtered, practicing my strokes
and the dead man's float among the crocodiles.
Always to return to her side.
Forever her eldest child.
Father, your boy's being gunned down on a plane.
He's out reading Marx on the left wing again
and they can't get him to come in. They've tried,
but his singing's a bathtub gin.
"He'll jump when his wings are fully grown,
or he'll learn to build them on the way down."
"He won't hit the ground for miles..."
"Yes, but he'll be in complete denial," he smiles,
we(e)akly, but it's better than yearly.
He scratches his head and raises his eyes
to his son's palbearers,
floating thither and yon and on and on
into a sun too bright.
For a moment his boy's a kite.
Don't harvest blame, after the rains come
to drown and to destroy,
'cause you tried to pull your child out from the fire,
but you couldn't pull the fire out of your baby boy.