Daniel Thomas Moran, DDS
Boston University, Massachusetts, United States (Spring 2012)
Poet’s statement: “In the Spider’s Web” is about a visit I made to see my late grandfather at a nursing facility in Michigan as he was suffering from the final stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. This poem was included in my collection From HiLo to Willow Pond.
“Intelligent Design” is a little different, but not entirely so. If you are not familiar with Christopher Hitchens, I might call him the “Patron Saint of Atheism.” It is a humorous but somewhat pointed illustration.
“Landscapes” is simply a love poem to an older woman, which pays an affectionate tribute to the subtle changes in her body, left behind by the history of her living.
|In the spider’s web
Crossing years and the miles,
Beyond a facade of tranquility
At the near end of an empty hall
Suspended in a spider’s web, you
I come to you, wearing the face of a man
One you taught to be strong and skillful.
The man who could repair all broken things.
Slumped in this easy chair, you
The waters in your faded eyes
Uncertain if they fall for me, or
The weight of your being
For this tortured instant, we
The sounds you make are no longer speech,
You calling out from
I sit at your side, while you
You recall what you can
You cannot reflect with me now
How far we have traveled to find us
And in wait of the spider.
Photography by Andre Engels
I cannot give
Even at the
But I have faith
To endorse any
DANIEL THOMAS MORAN, DDS was born in New York City in 1957; he is currently clinical assistant professor at Boston University’s School of Dental Medicine. He earned a BS in biology from Stony Brook University and a doctorate in dental surgery from Howard University. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize on eight occasions. In 2005, he was appointed poet laureate by The Legislature of Suffolk County, New York. He is the author of six volumes of poetry, the most recent of which was Looking for the Uncertain Past (2006 Poetry Salzburg). His seventh collection, A Shed for Wood has been scheduled for publication in the autumn of 2012 by Salmon Poetry in County Clare, Ireland. Dr. Moran is listed in Who’s Who in America and is a member of PEN American Center and The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers.