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And weren't we gentle and awed and afraid, knowing we'd stepped from the room of desire into the further room of love? And wasn't it sacred, the sweetness we licked from each other's hands? And were we not lovely, then, were we not as lovely as thunder, and damp grass, and flame? American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (wwy Pf.g.:fQ!!._d.a_t_i.Qg.:.Q.r_g), publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Poem copyright (c) 2008 by Cecilia Woloch. Reprinted from "Narcissus." by Cecilia Woloch, Tupelo Press, Dorset, VT. 2008, by permission of Cecilia Woloch. Introduction copyright (c) 2009 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts. Carver FROM PAGE 1-A ing America's undeclared con- flict there during the Viet Nam War, teaching Laotians how to fly fighter planes. "We were all in civilian clothes and carried no identifi- cation. I was out of the service for 15 years before I was al- lowed to talk about it," said the man who went to PHS in the same class as Times medical columnist Dr. Randolph Howes M.D. PhD and insurance man and local Kiwanis member John Mollere, just behind former Sheriff J. Edward Layrisson and former Clerk of Court John Dahmer, during what has been described as a "Golden Age" at Ponchatoula High. Leaving the service as a Tech Sgt., Gates put 25 years into a plumbing company career be- fore settling into a restless re- tirement. His wife Sharon, an Oklahoma girl who met and married Gates early in his Air Force service. "I told him that if he wanted to retire he needed a hobby," Mrs. Gates told The Times, claiming the status of muse for- an artist who was unaware of his talent during 45 years in the military and in business. "In the Texas town where we were living there was a Wal- Mart and a library, I did need a hobby. I had not carved be- fore that. I bought some tools, a book, then I went on the Inter- net and bought some bass wood which is really close-grained and doesn't crack." said Gates, adding: "I took a class ad learned how to carve and phint an owl, hummingbirds, then took a course on blending paints. My sister Carrie Sandifer (mother of City Councilman Vergil San- difer) collects roosters and so I learned how to carve roosters. I use a regular Flex-All carving knife and a Stanley box cutter. "Carving has taught me pa- tience, to relax, slow down, and take time to appreciate life. People say they can't carve but anyone who has peeled a potato is a potential carver. This is just for my own enjoyment, and these days I am happy to teach others. I take my carving with me when I go to the doctor's of- fice or to the Department of Mo- tor Vehicles. '"I shape all the figures with hand tools. I believe that if I sat down and worked continuously, carving a single fish would take 30 hours-+ion he is routinely asked when setting up his dis- play, folks assuming his was a axidermist's art. Gates chose the Crappie (we call them Sacolait here in Loui- siana) for its beautiful natural coloration. The woodcarver got to know the fish well growing up in Ponchatoula. "I lived on Weinberger Road. We would roller skate on the dirt road to Selzers Creek to go fishing. I have hunted and fished all my life, back in the Ponchatoula days with John Hoover, David Bankston, and Eddie Fischer. I used to pull a boat behind a motor bike to the Tangipahoa River. When I graduated from PHS I joined the Air Force and never came back," said Gates. 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