Song For the Spirit of Natalie Going
qui s'est refugie ton futur en moi —Stéphane Mallarme, "A Tomb for Anatole" Small bundle of bones, small bundle of fingers, of plumpness, of heart, predicate, prescient, standing and wobblings, lit up in the joy, lachrymose GA, your bundle oh KA, the unfolding begun of the start, of the toys, of witnessing, silly, the eyes startled and up, re- enveloped now and fresh with the art, chordate, devoted, sunk in dreaming of wisps and startled awake — This is morning. This is daddy. This is the number eight — spacey, resplendent, in seersucker bib, overalled, astonished, in dazzling fix on the small crawling lights in their spaceship of night and the plug and the cord and the big one's delight, pausing, mezzed by mobile HEH HEH and again, stinging the shopkeepers, the monkeyish mouth, knees, child knees — need to have the child here—absence—knees fall—and falling, a dream, a final singsong UH HAH in the starkest of suns, the heat now a blanket now a song of your soul—Such a sharp love there is! Such a loud love there beats! Such a filled hole you leave, in the dusk in the room, in the wobbling hours of what has refuged, your future in me. Natalie Joy Hertel-Voisine, 1994-1995
From Assorted Poems by Susan Wheeler. Copyright © 2009 by Susan Wheeler. Used by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC, www.fsgbooks.com. All rights reserved.