GENIUS


My mom’s mom,
Before she went away,
And left me behind,
Shared a wisdom,
Of which I realized not.

She surely had a knowledge,
Of which I lacked understanding.
She had a recognition,
Of something I could not see,
Could not then appreciate.

But she,
Without possibly a thought,
. . . lovingly revealed,
. . . and perhaps trusted,
. . . to give me,
Experience,
So then wisdom might have
What she,
opportunity-cut-short,
Could not have,
having to leave,
A chance.

Time then gave me teacher-wisdom,
Who taught me understanding.

She beckoned me, subtly,
. . . with a morsel,
. . . a tiny taste,
. . . a savor,
Not just listen

She spoke loudly,
In a whisper I didn’t even hear,
From a place I did not recognize,
. . . so far away,
. . . and long ago.

She said,
. . . “hear”,
. . . “hear it, do you?
Genius?

. . . “Take your cat, leave my sweater,
. . . we have nothing else to weather”1

GENIUS.

. . . “He put the bottle to his head,
. . . and pulled the trigger”2

GENIUS.

. . . “I want to love like,
. . . I’m not afraid to be alone”3

GENIUS,

. . . “Save a horse,
. . . ride a cowboy”4

ETC.
. . . etc.,
. . . etc.,
. . . etc.

As we sat together,
in sickness,
Times and ties,
couldn’t be counted
And grateful,
is not a description,
That now says
what that time was.

As we never bridged that gulf,
Of time,
and years,
and connections,

But she gifted me of a time past,
And time and past finally caught one another,
And taught me,
. . . not “creative”,
. . . nor “talent”,
. . . not even “greatness”
. . . but surpassing . . . beyond,

To the,
GENIUS.

1 County western song
2 Country western song- Rick Shroeder
3 Country western song, Josh
4 Song #9 entitled, “Save a Horse, Ride A Cowboy” on the country music album by Big Kenny and John Rich.

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