I am landless. I am free. I am trying
to get away with it.
I can’t distinguish weeds
from prized flowers.
I can’t tend a garden
I don’t have. I won’t take
that community plot
in the southwest corner
of the park I call my front yard
from someone who deserves it more.
Everyone owns my front yard.
The party’s been over for decades
(for me). I am licenseless. I am afoot.
Hoping to get away with it.
If this blind tracery were to cover
my ears, I would still hear
tires screeching on pavement
in the middle of the night.
If the West Chop foghorn could be heard
this many miles and years away,
it would soothe these nerves
before splitting all that slate
blue apart—sky from ocean,
an oscillogram of my father’s voice
looping above and below the horizon.
I am not
rootless. I am a tree
that refuses to choose: Am I
planted in the wrong place
at the right time, or
the other way around? Or, secured
to some hidden holdfast.
Oh, my sea moss,
you and I have gotten away with it.