Dealing with Parents
It’s hard to know what to say about parents:
One man said: “I failed my parents.” He led his parents
Across a lousy street—two lines of traffic.
Another started a lost colony for his parents.
He rowed across the river, towing his parents.
He bought them boots and pith helmets,
And sent them into battle. One man dressed them
In Austrian uniforms and gave them
Maps of Russia. No one ever saw them again.
Another man who had studied alchemy
Tried to transubstantiate his parents. It used
A lot of heat but there wasn’t much change.
Someone else I knew stored his parents
In an empty cistern—the ladder is still sticking out.
Another man tied his parents all one day
And night in a rocking chair. And they
died all right…But by the end, they
Knew for certain that they’d had children.