1. Awareness of Joy
  2. Birds at Recess
  3. The Call Back
  4. A poem to commemorate dennis's road rash, broken rib, concussion and the bruising of his fourth cranial nerve
  5. Oakland Is Burning
  6. Finding Paul's Marker
  7. Freeway
  8. Carolton
  9. Grief in a Dry September
  10. A Headache on Tuesday, February 26, 2002
  11. heaven
  12. A Hillside Pond in the Rain
  13. Hoarder
  14. L.O.F. (In Her Door)
  15. Intersection
  16. Iporaõ 1960
  17. A Janitor on Hansen Way
  18. laundry
  19. Lucy in the Streets with Ashes
  20. The Man in Blue
  21. When the Morning Air was Cold
  22. Night Stand
  23. objectification
  24. (Quoting Emily Dickenson)
  25. Racoon Eyes
  26. Red Lips
  27. Reflections on a dislocation
  28. The Runway
  29. sails
  30. San Antonio Station, January 3, 2005, 4 Pm
  31. Scene Report
  32. Shark Teeth
  33. Prayer for an Old Woman
  34. Encounter in an Unfinished Room
  35. Y Sovendo Morréu com Raiva
  36. On the Strand
  37. Tethered
  38. Before the Beast
  39. The Ties that Bind
  40. Viewing Bald Eagles
  41. Voyeur
  42. What I Learned on Summer Vacation
  43. What I Learned on Summer Vacation
  44. Without You
  45. Love Poem to You Written on a Mountain
  46. Your Tongue is Soft and Your Teeth Slide in Easy


It was just me and the hall.

I've not seen This Woman for  some time
And I wonder how she is today.
I'd recognize her if I saw her
Even if I'd forgotten her name.
I'd recognize the way she stood.
I'd recognize her hair.
This Woman has a name
And This Woman has a history

And This Woman has a face behind the mascara
I have looked in her eyes

Even if I have not known her history
Or much of it.
I used to janitor the church
And This Woman lived there,
Not welcome really
How could I be Christ-like
And say "Get outa'here!"?
Peggy said "It's hard
We have to protect our little old ladies too."

One Saturday afternoon
I heard music in the Fireside Room,

Piano music from the piano Tim brought
Because he did not have room for it at home.
This Woman was playing
One careful note
As lucid as her eyes--
Have I mentioned her eyes?
They are gray as
I don' know

They aren't granite or a stormy ocean
But more like the Ozarks
When the trees, bluffs and river
Are a long way away.
That's her eyes, a lucid distant gray.
Dan thinks she's intelligent.
He told me of her family and  history degree.
"She knows every note and word" he said,

And he named some piece and composer of theater.
Three o'clock one morning,
I looked up from mopping
And This Woman was there in the hall with me.
"Hi!" I said, "The building's closed y'know."
"Ok." she said.
I concentrated on the floor
When I looked up
It was just me and the hall.

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