When There is a Hole in the Ground the Earth will Notice.

by Regis Boff

 

That last act of every father is to hurt his child

He lives to die before them

And his children wait for this

With dread if they are lucky

With indifference if they are not

But when there is a hole in the ground the earth will notice.

 

 

Fathers must always stumble with the love that comes with a child

They do not bear them; so they have no affidavit of agonized sacrifice

They never feed them body-to-body

Nor do they carry them on their too narrow hips for hours on end

But when there is a hole in the ground the earth will notice.

 

 

Fathers must not notice that their daughters practice marriage with them

Until you are divorced from them

By that one successful suitor to whom you must give her away

With that lump in your throat that stops you from crying out loud,

“What about me?”

But when there is a hole in the ground the earth will notice.

 

 

That son who has first made you his idol and then his ambition

Who will try to best you at all things

That son who could think your life and your death is too much for him to bear

That son who deserves room to perch

Above you at least once before you go

So he has no ghost of you to haunt him

But when there is a hole in the ground the earth will notice.