One June day, after attending a wedding,
we are driving down a country road
past banks starred with daylilies
on our way to another party,
feeling married and enclosed
as rain flecks our windows,
lashing the car, the road, the grasses,
the bright and hot transformed
into a blue-green, swaying, seaweedy crossing,
the grasses and lilies bearing down
and we immerse ourselves, too, like swimmers
headed across a body of water,
on a summer’s passage
to the next island or point across the bay,
hoping our stamina will not fail.
Lately, one or the other of us has been lagging,
as if we suffer from the same anomaly—
a hole in the heart—
that brought on the stroke
from which our daughter haltingly recovers.
We step out into moisture dripping from trees,
as on long-ago vacations up in Canada or New Hampshire
when I was a child or we had children,
when this sort of start
boded how the whole day would be—
not very summery.
But we insisted on it being summer,
and so it was.
*Previously published in Music Lesson (FutureCycle Press, 2019)