harry dean stanton says i can remember him anyway i want

my maternal grandfather’s
given name was jerome

but everyone called him harry
grandma ann sang i want that man

i cant answer for the dean part or
anything beyond my own bad choices

but if you knew ann then you’d have
seen he never stood a chance

it’s an understatement
to say that i am jealous

of the painters and the actors
and the sculptors self-evidently

covered in each day’s miraculum
knowing i’d give anything

for a studio of my own
to have something to come out from

i even put on a bowler
and an eye patch before

i sat down just now only to find
nothing helps this poem

Paul Koniecki