One hundred twelve years ago he was born on the East streets shoehorned between Flatbush and Bensonhurst in Brooklyn. Today’s his birthday.
There are moments we return to, now and always. Family is like water — it has a memory of what it once filled, always trying to get back to the original stream.
(-p.57, Let The Great World Spin, by Colum McCann)
That stream has disappeared into river, into ocean, into cycle of rainfall, thunder, puddles, and whooshing spray from passing tires.
He was a good man pummeled by demands of alarm clock, subway car, church societies, Rheingold and Schaffer, family history, along with loving attempts to hold together centrifugal forces of everyday whirling drip, drip, drip.
my father moved through dooms of love
through sames of am through haves of give,
singing each morning out of each night
my father moved through depths of height
this motionless forgetful where
turned at his glance to shining here;
that if (so timid air is firm)
under his eyes would stir and squirm
(-from e.e.cummings poem my father moved through dooms of love)
I light candle in his honor.
I burn incense stick.
I am grateful for the rain and flow through time to dripping eaves outside my window.