Izzy’s epoche left Nora standing between the zucchinis and the cherry tomatoes behind the house Johnny Abilene had built her in upstate New York. Somehow, a year had passed, and her mouth was full of clothespins. She found herself hanging diapers to a yellow nylon line while she stared southwest at dusk’s rosy fingers. She was in the wrong hemisphere to see the Magellanic Clouds. But I could see her?and Junior too, inside, in the wicker basket next to Nora’s bed:
There’s a splash across the southern sky
Named "I love you-oo!"
And I know just what a big man
Ought to do-yodelayhee-do.
I’m sorry I left you somewhere in the blue-boo-hoo-hoo
With your mama singing lullabies to baby-boo…
Just gimme a great big Magellanic kiss.
It’s the sort of thing a daddy ought to miss.
I’m gonna bring you right back some day
Though you may be far away,
I can always pull a little stunt
That the folks call "epoche."
Take a long-lost dad’s advice:
Though yore mama’s Guldang nice,
Save a little bit of love for yodelodelayhee- me!