A Consideration of the Word "Home"

 

Because glass is more liquid than solid, because

this pane, made more than a hundred years ago, ripples

 

and bubbles, the prosody of its movement is like an epaulet

of stars shimmering on a night in August when the first

 

cool air is smuggled over the border and our vision

of what we thought was the unchanging world

 

grown fat with melons and the reddest peppers

runs floorward as we spy our father strolling

 

among the grape arbor, dreaming of the first hard frost

and the dark fruit that will turn sweeter as the vine withers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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