for my friends Rob Sacks, whose first girl friend in high school was born on this same day, Aja Thomas, whose birthday is the 29th of April, and for Rick Lehman who was born on July 26, 1950.
I know well the bitter wine that Jesus bled
when he cut his foot on pot shards
stepping into the Jordan.
When the dove of light opened its wings and the sky
bled for him the many voices of our Fathers
their hands all hard and oily on the backs of our heads
desperate to bless us.
Underneath our fingernails, the dirt not washed clean
by the river
is there to remind us where we came from
what we are.