Epraim Ben-Meir Was a Sail
(In Summer Circa 6 p.m.)

There is nothing better for a man
than that he should eat and drink,
and that he should make his soul
enjoy good in his labor.

ECCLESIASTES. 2:24

by Myron Ernst, 2005

Now I see it—
a white sail beginning to peek
just over the lip of the horizon
where the swift tidal flow of Avenue “Z”
meets the stop-and-go dribble of East 18th---
makes for landfall.

Now I see it.  The sail
isn’t a sail, it’s a sleeveless summer shirt.
Now I see him—it must be Ephraim.
I think I see a bald,
short man taking long strides,
a righteous, rolled New York Post tucked
under one armpit, his free arm
swinging very high, as high
as one of Her Majesty’s Lincolnshire Regimentals
parading into Delhi from Jalandhar.