R L SWIHART

 

I held you
I know I did



1

Through Ray-Bans
through windshield
on (but not on)
the rear window ahead
of me
a sun-in-miniature
flickering wildly
as though the film
had snapped
had snapped
had snapped
and the reel kept
at it
anyway


2

True enough
the fore-
knowledge of failure
frustrates
without silencing
this pen