Instead of going to see an old movie,
We go for a ride. You emit a feeling
That makes anyone in your company
Certain we are all loved by someone.
I have several memories of each place
We have been. There is no reason you
Should remind me of my father’s long
Silences, but I miss them now, and not
Because of you—which reminds me
Of how he would get emotional when
He saw a barn had fallen into disrepair.
I miss his sweetness and you are dear
To me in the way he was dear to me.
Absent God, it is nearly inspiring.
Aaron Fagan’s most recent book is Pretty Soon (Pilot Press, 2023).