Your daisies have come
<BR>on the day of my divorce:
<BR>the courtroom a cement box,
<BR>a gas chamber for the infectious Jew in me
<BR>and a perhaps land, a possibly promised land
<BR>for the Jew in me,
<BR>but still a betrayal room for the till-death-do-usó
<BR>and yet a death, as in the unlocking of scissors
<BR>that makes the now separate parts useless,
<BR>even to cut each other up as we did yearly
<BR>under the crayoned-in sun.
<BR>The courtroom keeps squashing our lives as they break
<BR>into two cans ready for recycling,
<BR>flattened tin humans
<BR>and a tin law,
<BR>even for my twenty-five years of hanging on
<BR>by my teeth as I once saw at Ringling Brothers.
<BR>The gray room:
<BR>Judge, lawyer, witness
<BR>and me and invisible Skeezix,
<BR>and all the other torn
<BR>enduring the bewilderments
<BR>of their division.
Your daisies have come
<BR>on the day of my divorce.
<BR>They arrive like round yellow fish,
<BR>sucking with love at the coral of our love.
<BR>Yet they wait,
<BR>in their short time,
<BR>like little utero half-borns,
<BR>half killed, thin and bone soft.
<BR>They breathe the air that stands
<BR>for twenty-five illicit days,
<BR>the sun crawling inside the sheets,
<BR>the moon spinning like a tornado
<BR>in the washbowl,
<BR>and we orchestrated them both,
<BR>calling ourselves TWO CAMP DIRECTORS.
<BR>There was a song, our song on your cassette,
<BR>that played over and over
<BR>and baptised the prodigals.
<BR>It spoke the unspeakable,
<BR>as the rain will on an attic roof,
<BR>letting the animal join its soul
<BR>as we kneeled before a miracle--
<BR>forgetting its knife.
The daisies confer
<BR>in the old-married kitchen
<BR>papered with blue and green chefs
<BR>who call out
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