It‘s not time for a change.
For as long as I can remember
it‘s never been time for a change.

The house dampens. Perhaps everything is a forgery:
the wild pears, wedding rings, the milk van,
the children faltering like a tailor‘s pins
in an unfinished jacket
awaiting another try.

Passed from generation to generation, like hemophilia,
change is carried by the male chromosome.
You can recognize these men by their profiles –
like Caesar‘s face, a laurel on his head,
staring into the failure,
stamped forever on Roman coins.

Women, on the other hand,
never forget to turn on the veranda light late in the evening,
the bulb covered in mosquitoes,
believing that in spite of what they do,
what is written, will happen.