©Evan Nichols, 2014

©Evan Nichols, 2014

My dad, and other male beings that have amazed me

 

Not an exact science.

More relaxed than at other times

Verily and with a tight wrist

He moved,

Dummy-faced, until to dance

He slid fast across the polished tiles on his shins.

Then deep the greenish light covered him

And he really began to travel

Like nobody’s business.

 

Not an exact science.

Flimsy, but with tensile strength,

Compressive strength

You just wouldn’t believe,

He moved

Solace-bound, until to fly

He danced along the wet runway,

Framed and simple then.

Deep in the blue light,

Over the water, a purple sun.

A working dark man.

Shirtless, in the summer of a far place,

For good.

 

©Elizabeth Levett Fortier, 2014

Elizabeth Levett Fortier teaches kindergarten in San Francisco’s Richmond District. A BAWP TC, Elizabeth also teaches at the Young Writers’ Camp during the summer. She is the author of Beauty Secrets of the Stars, a memoir of love and friendship, and is a visual artist, too. Elizabeth is also a songwriter, sings, and plays percussion in an acoustic three-piece group with her husband, David. Their music is available at www.dreamchairmusic.com. She can be contacted at dreamchair@yahoo.com

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One Response to “Exact Science by Elizabeth Levett Fortier”

  1. martywill Says:

    Elizabeth, I love, love, love the imagery in this poem

    “Over the water, a purple sun.
    A working dark man.”

    the repetition of “not an exact science”….quite an understatement as we move on through the magic of the poem. And the slant humor in some of it:

    “Then deep the greenish light covered him
    And he really began to travel
    Like nobody’s business.”

    Brava!
    Marty

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