Spring 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 2006 |

Funnel

Today I couldn't think of funnel—though I could see them—two of them—nesting inside each otheron the butcher-block top of the dishwasher.My husband was at the table with a gallon of Desert Springand an empty bottle from Glacier Clear—narrow enough to fit the holder in my Volvo,and I said, You should use— and the word wouldn't come—I said, You should use—as the water struck the brim and spilled down the sidesand splashed to the floor where I rushedwith the sponge and said—funnel!When I rose up dizzy from the sudden shift of blood,he asked me where I'd been. But how could I tell himthat I'd slipped into that place we used to joke about—where all the things we can't rememberwhirl around togetherlike Dante's lovers.Funnel, I told him, I couldn't think offunnel.Too late, he said, handing me the bottle. On my way to the door, I tossed him the funnels—stuck together like two kids coupling—but my whole way on the highwayas I sipped the Desert Spring in its pos

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