–for A. M. Juster
No matter what was said by Weldon Kees,
The son I never had
Has never made me feel that bad.
In fact, I tender no apologies
Whatever. Ever since I made my choice,
I've felt no need to live
A boy's life over, or to give
Some unborn, ideal child his earthly voice.
What would he say? Had he my prompt and cue
For passion, what would be
Its object? What would he tell me,
Who never was the man he never knew?