Fall 2011

Table of Contents - Vol. VII, No. 3


Poetry    Fiction    Translations     Reviews

Michael Harty



To A Grandchild

I see your world approach: a cyberworld
of virtuality, of robot wars
for sport; a world of hothouse boys, and girls
who’ll never see the plain unfiltered stars.

I make a package for you, joys I’ve known
that will be lost to you: the smell of books;
the misted silence of a lake at dawn;
a fresh-plucked peach; how tall-grass prairie looks.

Yet after all, whose pain do I address?
Not yours, for all I thought to save for you,
you will not miss.  You’ll fill your own hope chest.
These pleasures, they were mine; their loss is, too.

And so, a lesser valedictory:
be strong, live long, find joy.  Remember me.


© Michael Harty


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