Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Einstein on memory beach....

Washed up on the beach
A sorry sight
His unruly
mushroom cloud
of white hair
Flattened against his skull
His spectacles
Knocked off by a wave
Staggers to his feet
Laying there for a moment on the sand
He almost looks like a young man again

My father's mother's second husband
Was a kind man
They lived in West Philadelphia
Girard Avenue
I would spend a week or two living with them
in the summers
at the end of the 1950s

I don't know if we have any photos of Albert
I haven't seen any for many, many years
and in my mind's eye he looks like
Albert Einstein
I imagine
I am remembering the mustache
and filling in the blanks.

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