Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Happy Birthday, Christa!

The Writer

In her room at the prow of the house
Where light breaks, and the windows are tossed with linden,
My daughter is writing a story.

I pause in the stairwell, hearing
From her shut door a commotion of typewriter-keys
Like a chain hauled over a gunwale.

Young as she is, the stuff
Of her life is a great cargo, and some of it heavy:
I wish her a lucky passage.

But now it is she who pauses,
As if to reject my thought and its easy figure.
A stillness greatens, in which

The whole house seems to be thinking,
And then she is at it again with a bunched clamor
Of strokes, and again is silent.

I remember the dazed starling
Which was trapped in that very room, two years ago;
How we stole in, lifted a sash

And retreated, not to affright it;
And how for a helpless hour, through the crack of the door,
We watched the sleek, wild, dark

And iridescent creature
Batter against the brilliance, drop like a glove
To the hard floor, or the desk-top,

And wait then, humped and bloody,
For the wits to try it again; and how our spirits
Rose when, suddenly sure,

It lifted off from a chair-back,
Beating a smooth course for the right window
And clearing the sill of the world.

It is always a matter, my darling,
Of life or death, as I had forgotten. I wish
What I wished you before, but harder.

-Richard Wilbur

In your book were written every one of them;
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there were none of them.
How precious are your thoughts, O God!
How vast the sum of them!
...They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.
Search me, O God, know my heart.
Lead me in the way everlasting.
-Psalm 139
Another year, a big one, 21 today!  Dinner at Chili's ,a picnic at the cliffs, reading, and listened to one of Dr. Grant's Rome lectures together. A great day, and great week and another year under the sun.

Twenty one things to remember from your 21st year-
  1. Lists - were there more than 21? ahhh...yeah. You can bank on that.
  2. A pre-LSAT score of 164. Amazing.
  3. Aquinas College - Summa Cum Laude
  4. Lunch with Dr. Smith
  5. National Golden Gloves Championship Fight
  6. The week by Nana's side
  7. Chats with your cousins
  8. Moving back home to California
  9. Son tres amigos meet again over pints
  10. Route 66 - what happens in the car stays in the car
  11. The Grand Canyon
  12. The Big Texan
  13. A Real Grown-Up Job
  14. Rodizo Grill
  15. A plane ride with Roro
  16. Standing on the Edge of the Santa Cruz Cliffs
  17. Suit shopping for the Capitol
  18. Rodizo Grill (Yes. it's listed twice foodie!)
  19. the work that went into your dissertation -and publication
  20. Saying goodbye to friends
  21. Hanging out with old friends again
All these days were written - what a joy it is to be a part of playing them out with you.




 

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Susan Struck said...

This is lovely. I love the poems you post and I love your mother's heart.