Though I grew up on Long Island, New York, I have been living in Scottsdale, Arizona, for quite a long time and, finally, have come to love the desert and its mystery. I have published three collections of poetry; my poems have also been featured in twelve national anthologies as well as numerous literary journals, including Spillway, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Hamilton Stone Review, Bellingham Review, and many others. Currently, I am completing my newest manuscript, which deals with all the ways in which we are “blind.” www.loisroma-deeley.com
The Apostle of Wax and Shine
Parked in our driveway, the big finned
Lincoln sits like a fish
settling at the bottom of a basket
of so many passed-around loaves. As if its wide eyes,
open in death and crusted with chrome, went blind.
If St. Paul should ever lose my way
on this road that leads through 1959,
to my seven-year-old self sitting on the front steps
staring into the nothingness that would become my future,
he would find a rag top convertible, and my father
the Apostle of Wax and Shine.
Maybe he would come to understand a man
who's two months behind in his 64-dollar-a-month house payments;
the black haired, squarish, with strong teeth and sun-tanned arms
who supports his wife, kids, no-good brother;
who makes the rounds, delivering bananas in a small truck to little grocery stores
owned by immigrant Jews and Italians;
the sporting man whose name--Lou—is inscribed in script on blue denim,
maybe Paul would cut the guy a break.
He might see a man whistling as he rubs the soft cloth
into past wax and the, onto the white paint,
making circle inside of circles each and every time.
But does he see my own face in the reflection
gleaming off the hood of this car? See the wisdom
of four white walls which will spin
into spring, clearing a space across the days,
a very small place where I still live
simply for a little bit of magic?
Previously published in my first collection, Rules of Hunger (Star Cloud Press)
©2015 Lois Roma-Deeley