Kansas City Sculpture Park,

at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

We finish a very satisfying lunch inside, then onward,
exploring bronze, sculptured by Henry Moore, Welshman.

We discover Reclining Connected Forms, 1969, in its wooded circle,
examine the welded seams of Sheep Piece, 1971-72.
Look up, up, to Large Interior Form, 1953, cast 1981,
through to clouds with Reclining Figure: Hands, 1979. Two women
sketch Seated Woman, 1958-59.
on the south greensward!

Solitary workman wheels tree mulch, load on load;
shirtless, mows deftly among scattered Shuttlecocks, 1994,
aluminum-fiberglass works by Oldenburg and van Bruggen.

Two lovers walk, give each other their attention;
I give Lydia a fallen Ginko leaf, and,
she a chip of red Pine bark. Simple Gifts!
    all on an emerald greensward!

October, 2000

Cousin’s 80th

before we arrived
May shower, rushed
food and guests inside

first cousin’s friends
crowd cozy living room
and stay dry

guest book is numbers
tall green eight, white aught
we sign on the white

two second cousins
I hadn’t seen for some time
view my family video

over extended on ice
son-in-law explains complex leg brace
knee, immobile down to ankle

couple seated near
are cousin’s church friends
for over fifty years

this stage of life
birthdays, longevity are celebrated
mortality acknowledged

Palmer R. Haynes
© May 2015