Wednesday, March 23, 2022


After decades spent 
avoiding the smallest 
threat of inconvenience 

posed by rich mythologies 
that don't explain 
a thing—at least,

not nearly as well 
as they tend
to illuminate 

the dry bones 
and land mines which lie 
in the brambles

and the cold 
distant sun at the heart 
of their explainer—

it seems you've grown more lenient;
you're now ready 
to concede

that there's dignity 
in the tyrannized, 
in the role of doleful entertainer, 

and most of all,
in the drudgery 
of rolling up your sleeves 

to pitch them 
the salvation 
of which you alone were told

but now are
far too old 
to receive.