Holly takes us on a quest
to find the blue bird
Eric calls from his cell phone:
“I just wanted to tell you
that you’re going to be . . ."
In that tiny gap before he
says “a great aunt,” I think
he is going to say “famous.”
Maybe he’s written music to one
of my poems that’s becoming a hit?
But no, he says: “Great Aunt.”
For a second I think, I am
a great aunt. Then, “What?!!!”
“We’re going, that is, Holly
is going to have a baby!”
Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh my God.
That night, after Blue Bird, at the
George Eastman House, I recall
Lou saying, “Holly looks quite radiant
tonight.” Inside I knew what he meant,
but I just said, “Yes, she always does.”
Holly took us to see Blue Bird
so we’d understand why
they must migrate home.