Hello (For Carol H. & Babette L.)

It’s almost like most in this life –
accidental &/or providential:
When he drove home from school
to slump into his rocking chair
the phone rang: It was Carol’s from Kyoto –
She had heard the news of late…
“Yes, things are just fine, ok.”
(Remember Babette’s card & advisory?)
He didn’t want her to worry –
But it slipped his mind that she was master of history.
Yes, yes, he thought of supplements
“Nuthouse, military, penitentiary”
to come up with some reassuring irony
or the old times & new
always were of same value & view
There was logic in all this asymmetry
A truth that could be the heart’s sanctuary
But it escaped him mournfully
except her voice on the other end
was most human, beautifully.

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