Still See My Father Walking
By Maria Sebastian
You never remembered the attack,
your body right to have you sleep awhile.
But we paid every day – the toll, size, mess of it.
When they said you’d be fine, we believed them.
You recovered well, faster than expected,
though your mind never balanced again.
I felt relieved when you passed, years on,
for the promised “fine” never came.
You paced the busy boulevard alone; some days
I couldn’t stop to comfort you, just continued on,
watching your cabbie hat and jacket
shrink in my side-view mirror.
I wished away your nervous walk,
a didn’t-do-it stride mastered in childhood.
Your plan most days: to find cheaper cigarettes,
and someone new to listen.
Poet and singer-songwriter MARIA SEBASTIAN will join poet Perry Nicholas in a reading from their new joint chapbook “The Company We Keep” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday as featured guests of the Screening Room Reading Series, 3131 Sheridan Drive in Amherst. She will join musician John Brady for a set of original acoustic songs to open the evening.