Mine was a child’s fall,
the hurt a mother or father can more or less fix
with Band-aids, a kiss. Almost to the top
of the steep concrete steps to the gym,
my toe jammed. Caught my weight on stiff arms.
(Decent reflexes for sixty-three.) Spectacularly
bloody, my scraped-raw palms, skinned knees.
The healing, though! I was obsessed.
Hands held out, fingers splayed. Imagine:
all those invisible cells repairing.
First the shredded skin—it dried overnight
the way a fallen leaf dries.
Next the archipelago of scabs.
The clear plastic film of scar.
After a week, good as new.
Nine months ago, my father died.
Every day at least once but usually more
I think, You are gone from this world
where you lived all my life.
It seems a miracle.