rejectomorph (flying_blind) wrote,

Going On

This morning, the first thing I noticed on going outside was the sound of woodpeckers drumming. Now, the lawns down the block are deep green plush, and the trees above them gleam with the sun's last light. I keep listening for the woodpeckers, but they are silent. So is the distant jet that is passing, leaving a white trail that sunset will soon turn pink. The whole world has fallen into lassitude, or maybe it's just me.

If the woodpeckers would come back things would liven up. Night is about to creep from under the trees, and then an even deeper quiet will fall. I could drum my fingers but it wouldn't be the same. It's the rapid echo of beaks on wood that pleases me— the vastness of the forest it evokes. Nothing I can do will do.

Sunday Verse

Old Men Playing Basketball

by B. H. Fairchild

The heavy bodies lunge, the broken language
of fake and drive, glamorous jump shot
slowed to a stutter. Their gestures, in love
again with the pure geometry of curves,

rise toward the ball, falter, and fall away.
On the boards their hands and fingertips
tremble in tense little prayers of reach
and balance. Then, the grind of bone

and socket, the caught breath, the sigh,
the grunt of the body laboring to give
birth to itself. In their toiling and grand
sweeps, I wonder, do they still make love

to their wives, kissing the undersides
of their wrists, dancing the old soft-shoe
of desire? And on the long walk home
from the VFW, do they still sing

to the drunken moon? Stands full, clock
moving, the one in army fatigues
and houseshoes says to himself, pick and roll,
and the phrase sounds musical as ever,

radio crooning songs of love after the game,
the girl leaning back in the Chevy’s front seat
as her raven hair flames in the shuddering
light of the outdoor movie, and now he drives,

gliding toward the net. A glass wand
of autumn light breaks over the backboard.
Boys rise up in old men, wings begin to sprout
at their backs. The ball turns in the darkening air.

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