Driving home from my son's orchestra practice
in the dark of rural Vermont, mountains
a slightly different deep blue than sky:
sudden sense-memory of dancing with my father
at my wedding. Nat King Cole on Spotify,
probably a song our hired jazz trio crooned.
The marriage and my parents are both long-buried
but I remember my father healthy and strong,
his arms around me, the crisp sheen of his tux.
I wish I could have that back. My parents,
and how everything seemed possible, for all
whom I love. The griefs I didn't yet know.