Prodigal Son, prodigal prow. This ponderous, well-meaning New Deal statue of Roger Williams has him stepping off the prow of a canoe, to offer blessings & thanks to his Narragansett friends, & set a pattern for future immigrants. Providence, "a refuge for troubled conscience"...
Trace a line on the imperfect, blurry old pane.
A circle, or a wheel. And drafty, chaotic life surrenders
without a struggle – well-meaning, ponderous,
life loves you. And it's life, not you, that will remain.
Will spring again from nothing, like the dream
of the pottery – row, row, row your boat there, Lucky!
See how the prodigal prow inches along, rickety,
through the weedy membranes, truly, off the beam.
Spring again from. . . – toward you,
again – at the crossroad. . .
magnetic motherlode – salt-
vault – geared for the unsparing blue.