W. M. Rivera, three poems


TRIPS NOT TAKEN

--Remembering Donald Hall

The thought of being somewhere else—

How render coffee-sipping at Sidi Bou Said?

Or the Champs Elysée, a naked swim in private,

an evening as Sir Lance-a-lot.

Or witness the worst – Africa’s waste,

maize wet in Zambia’s steaming heat,

drought’s baby corn untouched.

And the treacherous times: crossing

between fiction and extravagance: Victoria

Falls, a walk on broken-planks, a threadbare

rope-bridge over crashing waters.

We ogle and chat,

toast trips not taken, taken, at Le Select,

Boulevard du Montparnasse, places

we never left.

IN LOVE

To Seymour Gresser, sculptor (1926 - 1 November 2014)

In Mexico you fell in love. Sculpture

took you by the lapels and French-kissed you

until the next images you cut so deep they almost

fainted in your arms.

You could have been a rabbi, endured Old

Testament trials. You turned instead to stone