Both lying on our sides, making love in spoon position when she’s startled, What’s that? She means the enormous ship passing before you— maybe not that large, is it a freighter or a passenger ship? But it seems huge in the dark and it’s so close. That’s a poem you say, D. H. Lawrence—Have you built your ship of death, have you? O build your ship of death, For you will need it. Right here it would be good if there were a small orchestra on board, you’d hear them and say to her, That piece is called Autumn that’s what the brave musicians played as the Titanic went under—and then you could name this poem "Autumn." But no, the ship is silent, its white lights glow in the darkness.
From The Persistence of Objects by Richard Garcia. Copyright © 2006 by Richard Garcia. Used by permission of BOA Editions, Ltd.