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.
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