The old man reaches out his hand
and the young man
reaches out his hand
but they’re not quite close enough to touch.
We come upon the unexpected
news of your death.
It’s a work day.
Maybe all this sweating does some good?
The main thing is your idea (you said)
of who you are.
Then the rearrangement
of the furniture, everyone in black.
Though isn’t there always someone in a dark
color not black, because they don’t have black.
Or maybe, for once,
I wanted to express myself.
Sometimes, now, I think
you’re really in Brazil
or Colorado. Free
to start a different life,
a different instrument.
—Some leaves never let go.
—But don’t they always fall in the end?
—I don’t know. Presumably.
—Are they dead? Even if they still hang on?
—Depends. On your definition. But yes.
About the poet:
Kate Greenstreet's new book Young Tambling is just out from Ahsahta Press. Her other books are case sensitive and The Last 4 Things, also with Ahsahta. For more information, visit Kate's site at kickingwind.com.
More inforamtion about Young Tambling, including how to purchase, can be found at: https://ahsahtapress.org/product/young-tambling/
Kate Greenstreet will be reading with Janet Holmes on Monday, April 8th at 7 pm in The Art Barn (54 Finch Lane, SLC, UT). Presented by Sugar House Review and City Art the event is free and open to the public.
About the Sound of Sugar:
We’ve loved reading the work that we’ve published (clearly), so now we want an opportunity to better hear our contributors.We will feature an audio recording of a poem from one of our seven issues, read by the poet and updated every couple of weeks. This an open invitation to all contributors from any of our issues, we were delighted to print your work, now we’re eager to hear it.