Issue 159, Fall 2001
with timbrels and with dances."
At my wedding, my father, ten years dead,
practices what Isaac Babel called
the "genre of silence"—that is,
he says nothing.
And the art of invisibility, which
he has mastered.
Unseen, unheard. And I don't look or listen
for him until my sister begins to cry,
and my mother accompanies her,
lovely in her suit of lavender years
and satin trim,
women who remember, remind,
today's gold-fiecked soil for veins
of remorse, who forge timbrels
from sand dollars'
We ask my father to dance in the dimming
nimbus of light.