Saturday, April 02, 2005


How pleasant the yellow butter
melting on white kernels, the meniscus
of red wine that coats the insides of our goblets

where we sit with sturdy friends as old as we are
after shucking the gardenís last Silver Queen
and setting husks and stalks aside for the horses

the last two of our lives, still noble to look upon:
our first foal, now a bossy mare of 28
which calibrates to 84 in people years

and my chestnut gelding, not exactly a youngster
at 22. Every year, the end of summer
lazy and golden, invites grief and regret:

suddenly itís 1980, winter batters us,
winds strike like cruelty out of Dickens. Somehow
we have seven horses for six stalls. One of them,

a big-nosed roan gelding, calm as a presidentís portrait
lives in the rectangle that leads to the stalls. We call it
the motel lobby. Wise old campaigner, he dunks his

hay in the water bucket to soften it, then visits the others
who hang their heads over their Dutch doors. Sometimes
he sprawls out flat to nap in his commodious quarters.

That spring, in the bustle of grooming
and riding and shoeing, I remember I let him go
to a neighbor I thought was a friend, and the following

fall she sold him down the river. I meant to
but never did go looking for him, to buy him back
and now my old guilt is flooding this twilit table

my guilt is ghosting the candles that pale us to skeletons
the ones we must all become in an as yet unspecified order.
Oh Jack, tethered in what rough stall alone

did you remember that one good winter?

Maxine KuminJack and Other New Poems
W. W. Norton & Company

Monday, March 28, 2005

This Is Where We Spent Easter Sunday

Michele, Rob and I took a ride out to El Malpais
National Wildlife Conservation area, near Grants, NM
and hiked around La Ventana and The Narrows along the
el malpais...It was a glorious day!

Cousin Sandy Came To Visit

Long-lost cousin Sandy Freid came to visit us
in New Mexico - driving her 21-ft. motor home
from Philadelphia to the west coast and back...
She is a Lupowitz, related to Robert
and Michele - and she found us by googling
"Lupowitz" - then she actually came to see us for a
few days. We had alot of fun with her. Here she is!