Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Tete A Tete

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Tete A Tete

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THE VIRGINIA QUARTERLY REVIEW

When a man dies, an unknown world passes away. St. Exupery, Wind, Sand and Stars

The morning we didn't know

would be our last together,

you pressed your forehead to mine,

pressed and rubbed gently, as an animal

shows affection, or as if to transfer

the stores of your brain to mine,

across the shield of bone the other car

would crush, leaving no one alive

to know so well how wind rises off mountains

to loft a small plane, how to fly low

in thick weather, following lifelines

of road. No one alive to think as you did:

eternal questioner, contrarian, no one else

to impress a whole pad of paper from top sheet

through in your elegant, unreadable script.

Somewhere behind the generous forehead:

loyalty, stubbornness, the history of flight,

lines of movie dialogue, Chopin and Mozart,

sugar-making and bluntness, impulse and dream,

intuition and blindness, bravery, recycled jokes. …

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