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.