Losing them, fixing them, forgetting to put them in
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John Poch’s most recent poetry collection is God’s Poems: The Beauty of Poetry and the Christian Imagination. He lives in Lubbock, Texas, and teaches at Texas Tech University.
It must have been forty years ago, / my brother and sisters, our mom and dad, / gathered around the fat television / before our Saturday supper / to watch my skinny father / make the evening news.
Once, Mrs. Bernadette described the effect to me: “Have you ever seen a crow in flight, and you saw its feet pulled up under it as it rowed itself to wherever it was going? When I get the laughing gas, I feel like those helpless feet being carried along underneath that beautiful bird. It’s nice to let something else take over for a while. The world is too much with us.”