June 2013

U

A dictionary poem for my father

Unutterable. Unworldly. The up
heaves of yourself from yourself
those sulky outbursts and groans
upset our uncertain universe –
even as a comparable conundrum
presents itself: A glacier up
heaves then sulks and groans
in its efforts to upend continent –
even as the bedrock of you begins
its slide into unearthly dementia.