I could have stood there all night staring at the Torah ark in your bedroom
looking for clues to the future a disclosure but the relic was a relic adorned
with Christmas lights in a semi-legal living space on Ludlow Street its wisdom
not for me falling in love was like being on the verge of an accident I had kept
to myself for so long often losing in order to falling in love was like being
shut out of ideas a delectable trap disclosure also often an accident
The future says our nine-year old son
is a parallel universe we are driving
down a tree-lined street Did they keep wood from Jesus’s cross?
he wants to know No I say There were fingerprints on it, I bet he says Yes
Tina Cane is the founder and director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI and is an instructor with the writing community, Frequency Providence. Her poems and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including The Literary Review, Two Serious Ladies, Tupelo Quarterly Jubliat and The Common. She is the author of The Fifth Thought (Other Painters Press, 2008), Dear Elena: Letters for Elena Ferrante, poems with art by Esther Solondz (Skillman Avenue Press, 2016) and Once More With Feeling (Veliz Books, 2017). In 2016, Tina received the Fellowship Merit Award in Poetry from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. She currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island, where she lives with her husband and their three children.