The Engineer



Love was his real work
This Depression child
Raised seven dogs
Took night classes
Worked fifty one-hours a week:
Three dollars
Age fourteen
He stood short
Thick arms
Cramped legs
Paperhanger strong
Small enough for tail gunner
He ripped up those orders
Survived the war
Mates fallen in frozen trenches
Lived to love one woman
Never frugal with love
Adoring his wife
Terrifying her to move
Leaving Brooklyn meant
Losing her soul
She kept it
His head a music box
Feelings made songs
Chords named moods
Far better than words
Words could be bent
He was ramrod straight
Animals ran to him
Women studied him
Some colleagues saw
A man they could use
They did
He wanted to hate them
When it was too late
The ice machine surgeon froze the cancer
Burned his guts
Plastic clamp to stop his piss
He hated pain
Of that he learned too much
At the end
He who’d do anything to live
Said if you love me
Get me a gun
I’m no son-of-a-gun
But death became his wish
What does one leave?
The craving for kindness
A nagging yearning
Long as one’s memory lasts
All that you forget
Forms ice mountains
Glowing underground
Shining above what’s lost


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