Aesthetic Realism Online Library Poetry by Eli Siegel

La Salle, As Having You in Mind

When La Salle went down the Mississippi

He might have thought of you, had he known you.

He had lots of time.

As you think of him going down the Mississippi, near Southern Illinois, about 1680,

You can think of him, Robert Cavalier, Sieur de La Salle, as having you in mind.