Fall 1989 • Vol. XI No. 4 Poetry |

Photograph of Oldest Son, Postulant in the Society of Mary, Taken with Proud Parents at Beacon, New York

Two men, one forty, the other seventeen, both standing stiffly in their Sears & Roebuck suits in the deckled black & white snapshot, April 1957. Between them the woman, aged 34, hollow-cheeked & unsmiling in her two-piece maternity dress buttoned at the top, her short hair rainbowed by a clip of artificial flowers. Her body tilts slightly towards her son, who seems to pull away from her on his aloof & solitary axis. The son himself is tall, though not so tall as his father, whose close-cropped hair and shoulders dominate the picture. He has planted his right hand firmly on his left wrist, exactly like his father, as the two men stand there smiling for the camera. Behind them three trees in the shadow of the rectory and the flatness of a graywhite sky. Still, he remembers. He remembers how his littlest brother, all ears and straw-stubble-colored hair, eyes wide, in the cold blue Easter air shouted out the news that they were gonna have another

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