H e a r t S o n s & H e a r t D a u g h t e r s of A l l e n G i n s b e r g
N a p a l m H e a l t h S p a : R e p o r t 2 0 1 4 : A r c h i v e s E d i t i o n
With Body Another Year Older
Back on Nose Mountain with body another year older
& falling apart. Post-surgery knee is swollen & painful,
making it nearly impossible to walk. Left leg unable
to hold weight of the rest of me, back achy as usual,
but Vivian & the mountaintop beautiful as ever.
This year, a raven has been hobbling along the cabin road
ever since I arrived. Is it a symbol of Poe telling me
death is near? Or perhaps a career as a mystery writer
is near? Or maybe the raven carrying a miniature
recording device & unable to fly away so Cheney
can keep me bugged while I'm out of the country?
Luckily, doctors tell me the knee will heal, and sky
tells me the raven will soon find its circling flock. In long
term, I'm not sure how well this boreal forest will survive
climate heat stroke or pine beetle breakfasts, but hopefully
some of these elder trees will fare better after surgery than
I have. I'll type up more wish lists if I don't die first.
[Originally published in NHS 2008, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs08/Eliot_Katz.htm.]