Thursday, September 23, 2010

Last summer

For Oakley 

Remembering what you said
I took the last remaining ear of sweet corn
From the dry cackling stalk
And sat down watching the bittersweet turn color
“we eat them right in the field,
never cook ‘em, way, way best that way”
you told me, the son teaching the father

after your last summer working the corn field
off Scuttle Hole Road
this temporal contiguity, not the least lost in this fleeing moment
nor the sun and cool rain in the kernels
no longer knowing if I am here
remembering you
or you are there remembering me

1 comment:

John said...

Memory is life after death for the living, there is more to everything, I believe, there is more to the soul than just this life.

Really beautiful, Peter.

- John