for Jack Ceglic and Manuel Fernandez-Casteleiro
In a sense,
Jack and Manuel were starting over again.
Jack, a Romanian Jew who designed our house,
drank our kids’ “concoctions”
made out of everything on a restaurant’s table,
which we wouldn’t do,
and Manuel, who shared his amazement
with a perplexing world
while surviving Cuba, communism, and aids,
got married at City Hall not long after two men could.