and that is not the whole story that is not the entire poem
because those cousins of course are not just one thing.
For the most part they do not read poems
although one son in law, a Southerner, not only
reads them he writes them. Flowery Southern poems with beauty
and hope. Trump voting cousin is more than kind,
generous even, a good listener, good parent.
He can even play piano. When we try to imagine
how to talk to one another now, who is standing on the other side,
not conceding this election, not recognizing what fair means, when we try
to figure out how dialogue will happen because dialogue is what we need,
I think about this cousin and so I wrote him an email with Now What
in the subject line. We’ll all try is what he said.