Move Him Into the Sun

Fred Pollack

He had different ways of sitting

with his eyes downcast and his hands neatly

on his knees. For some they waited longer.

It should be stated that their attitude

(in both senses, feeling and posture)

while waiting suggested neither

impatience, doing a job, nor cultish

devotion. At length they helped him rise.

A wheelchair would have suited

the scene, but he could walk

well enough, especially as they neared

the door of the cabin. Outside,

one might have thought some boson

had suddenly granted mass

to the mountains, canyons, forests

(fall-tinged and evergreen) extending themselves

before him; to the hawk-filled sky, the towns

below the horizon … “You’re kind,” he said

to his helpers, and it was as if

he was Adam naming things in the old mythology.

Fred Pollack is the author of two book-length narrative poems, The Adventure and Happiness, both Story Line Press; the former reissued 2022 by Red Hen Press. Three collections of shorter poems, A Poverty of Words, (Prolific Press, 2015), Landscape with Mutant (Smokestack Books, UK, 2018), and The Beautiful Losses (Better Than Starbucks Books, forthcoming 2023). Pollack has appeared in Salmagundi, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Fish Anthology (Ireland), Magma (UK), Bateau, Fulcrum, Chiron Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, etc.  Online, poems have appeared in Big Bridge, Hamilton Stone Review, BlazeVox, The New Hampshire  Review, Mudlark, Rat’s Ass Review, and Faircloth Review.