Sphinx Statuette from Capri
This sphinx is weighted bronze upon my desk,
with sandstone plinth new-hewn from ancient rocks:
in silent riddling immortality
it mocks our human time and life’s short spark.
Symbolic gift, from son to me; as I
received before, paternal dreams and more
to walk San Michelé and Caesar’s home
cast high above the blue Tyrrhenian sea.
Cool souvenir, of pyramids and kings
entombed in dark and silent sands;
my father gone, and I now next to be
from four to two, to three, and grave, and entropy.