…the Sea and all her ships
are women you are too certain of —
who would not marry you for love.
Sometimes the most direct path is not a straight line.
I’ll fill my wedding vase
with deep-veined lilies, harlot asters,
pollen will dust the table
where I mass them every week.
lifting the tarnished curve of his horn to papery lips, Jack
Teagarden somewhere in 1947, his heart piled up with booze
and debt, but still a suppleness to his mouth, a flash
of something dangerous in the hard set of his jaw
The Arabian poets say
that fate is the lurch
of a blind stray camel.