The Casualties of Where

by Henry Rappaport

1.
The man with no legs
looks at a map
of the night,
looks and wonders
where he can go.

He closes his eyes
and looks at a map
he cannot see
in a chair without wheels.

He thinks his nowhere
is everywhere.
He wonders what
he can love.

2.
The man with one arm
draws a map
for the man with one eye.
The man with one ear overhears.
The man with one leg
stands in front of the club
where the man with one mouth,
one nose, one tongue
waits for them.

He toasts their good health
and sups them well.