Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DISCIPLINE

In one last all-
out effort
to supplant himself,

he decided simply
to sit—and sit, 
and sit, and sit there—unimpressed;

sitting, and so, sitting and sitting—
and so-

on—sitting eventually 
so severely

that stiff, bone-
knitting boredom began 
to set in.

But then, just as the thickness 
of the feeling 
threatened to usurp 
and unseat him—a thing happened; 

and kind of thin cooling
stream of 
aesthetic appreciation 

began to leach 
and leap up from deep within him—and his boredom 
became 

so precious 
and particular to him,
that he realized

he bore it
like some—new credential. 
And so—the man leapt 

up from his seated position just as
quick 
but reluctant-

ly—feeling 
ultimately 

proud—
that is 

to say—utterly defeated.

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