For Tim Russell
I always imagined my grandparents as
stardust hurtling through the vast,
or sediment gently settling atop
the stones in bucolic Lynn Run.
Then the snowplow snapped me awake
this morning with its scrape and growl,
& like a man who’s suddenly discovered
his DNA contains absolutely no royalty,
I re-imagined my grandparents as ash
shoveled from a filthy cinder pile,
sprayed from a truck to help thaw
icy roads. Still, matter is neither
created nor destroyed, so
on this morning after a night of snow,
my grandparents are out there somewhere. Hello,
Maude & Ralph! Morning, Ellen & Wes!
Wherever you are, whatever state you’re in,
have yourselves one beautiful day.