Tuesday, December 13, 2022


There's no loss 
like the bloodless, 

of the lost—if only 

there is no loss 
except it. 

You can try to surmount it
or get around it 
all you want, but 

in order to receive it, 
you will have to
open up—

and I don't mean
"empty out." 

I mean: pollute the world
with talk. 

Speak without thinking;
say all 
the wrong things; 

speak to keep 
your lungs breathing 

and the frozen air 
warmed up;

speak til your words 
span the black, 
barren gulf 

which hazards to sequester
all of you from
all of us.