I have more love than ever.
Our kids have kids soon to have kids.
I need them. I need everyone
to come over to the house,
sleep on the floor, the couch
in the front room. I need noise,
love, the noise of love,
too many people in too small a place.
I need dancing, the spilling
of drinks, loud pronouncements
over music, verbal sparring,
broken dishes and wealth.
I need it all flying apart.
My friends to slam against me,
to hold me, to say they love me.
I need mornings to ask for favors
and forgiveness. I need to give,
have all my emotions rattled,
my family to be greedy,
to keep coming, to keep asking
and taking. I need no resolution,
just the constant turmoil of living.
Give me the bottom of the river,
all the unadorned, unfinished,
unpraised moments, one
good turn on the luxuriant wheel.
ZYZZYVA EventsMarch 16, 2016
Tom Bissell: In Conversation
Location: 7:30 p.m, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave., San Francisco
Description: Bissell, the award-winning author of eight previous books of fiction and nonfiction, will be in conversation with ZYZZYVA Managing Editor Oscar Villalon about his newest work, "Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve." Free. More info at http://bit.ly/1UmYOkX
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