Sahil

So I go to the Hare Krishna free vegetarian

food truck in my animal fur hat

and sit across from a mechanical engineering

 

student from India and tell him my story

of being the daughter of a professor emeritus

in a house by the lake. He smiles at how

 

children take paths so different from parents;

who are your inspirations? Patti Smith, I say,

because she combines rock and roll with poetry.

 

Are any of your songs about Seattle? he asks,

and again I stumble over my words, perhaps

they all are, and he tells me that his name

 

describes what happens when sailors get stuck

at sea, and hope to see the shore again;

that is what it means, Sahil.