LETTER FOR UP NORTH ASSOCIATES by Brian Boyles

LETTER FOR UP NORTH ASSOCIATES

you/i separate
generational skins recall
sight of a dolphin couple
ebb and skip in the gray water
how
brotherly whimsical measure steady.
smothered, partner, smothered and beached.

mud for your descendants
mud for you net

particles bred in the bean counter’s lab
hold your fingers, horseman you’ll be
bigger, loom bigger and paste.
no
time
like the
apocalypse
waits for no plan.

mud for your wedding
mud for your pride.

choice is a necklace, memory fuel for your well-meaning friends who ask about if what?
as
as if they’d harbor found.
tuna die and larvae tie and redfish perish
but the face-up
it fosters in plenty the broad chances
any fool would
say
that.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Brian Boyles is a poet and the Director of the Louisiana Humanities Center in New Orleans.

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