Winter 1993 • Vol. XV No. 1 Poetry |

Thinking about Citizenship while the Workmen Are Here

                              for R.M.H. (1904-1990) 1. The Halting Foot I hear Bill Randall's hammer fastening Sheetrock in our new room, drills gnawing through plywood. When I meet the workmen early on the steps, I sense they think my English poor; and one said slowly, we don't know how to say your name. A foreign wariness spans our first house, the light halting foot of one who is being overheard and knows it. My grandfather, for example, who held three passports, died with his British clip lapsing into Bengali, not sure if "condominium" came from Sanskrit or Pali, and where is my glossary? Then learn much Latinate root, read property law, buy acreage for passing on. Ras Mohun: a plot of grass down Rockville Pike, pink granite, alien characters drilled in his stone. 2. Hammering I look at the yellowbrush lawn, onion grass and chipped holly leaves, disturbed by the hammering competitive strokes which are p

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