The poets endless apprenticeship

I think of Kendra, waitress at The Wyoming Rib and Chop House in Cody, Wyoming, who writes her name with a blue crayon upside down (to her) and right side up (to me) on our table's paper tablecloth.

That's amazing, I say to Kendra. There's no way I could do that, not in my wildest dreams. Sometimes I can't even read my name when I write it out right in front of me.

It doesn't come naturally, Kendra says. Believe me, I have to practice over and over and over.