What can YOU say in six sentences?
"I like when the poem goes, 'In Brueghel's Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away,'"I read to my grandmother.
"'Musee des Beaux Arts'-- sounds nice," she said, "like Paris," but I didn't say, "Ma Ma, that's in Brussels."
I slid the book across the sheets closer to her so she could see the painting and read on, the noxious odor of battle between urine and industrial cleaner stinging my eyes: ". . . . white legs disappearing into the green/ Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen / Somethig amazing, a boy falling out of the sky, /Had somewhere else to get to and sailed calmly on."
"I bet your Pa pa's fishing boat would have stopped to help that Icarus child even though he has funny legs. And. . . and . . . green water . . . like that time in Florida when I smoothed your hair as we sat and watched the waves."
That sudden splash of light I noticed in her eyes made me sit back in my chair and talk about Florida.