When Julia Golick called,
Sandy told her I was in
in the midst of a workout

on my rowing machine, which was
partly true, but actually
what had happened is that I had

closed my eyes, while rowing
to a reggae beat, it was Jimmy Cliff
I think, and as I pulled I imagined

that I was on a stormy ocean, and
that Burr was calling for help,
so I pulled harder and faster,

hoping I might be able to reach and
save her, as she clung to some piece
of wreckage, but then the workout

was over, and I had failed again.

September 25, 2005

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