do you remember the time i drew water from the well

because you were not well

since the fires burned low that year

which was the same year our sons died

where we had always watched them work

because fires burned low that year

under the mantel

which i built the year before

when our sons were born

who hadn.t ever known their grandfather

who was slightly abashed by politics

which were burgeoning at an alarming rate

while the nation slept outside . waiting . in the dark

which was encroaching on our sanity

perhaps the only place where we felt safe

the only place we felt was also burning low

after our sons remembered

the time i drew fire from the well.