Thursday, April 6, 2023


Listen: mildness 
is not a deficiency; it's 
a resource. In fact,

if its concentration 
on Earth should ever start 
to lessen,

you must 
(gently) endeavor 
to make up the difference.

The most patient way 
is, day after day, to simply
keep singing—

emphatically articulating
(albeit with a lenient, 
compassionate tongue)

the great mystery
of how it can 
even be at all 

that even 
your despondency 
is a warm and tender thing,

since, to be truly
outraged, or vindictive,
or afraid

posits, at its 
center, a 
resonant relation—

a harmonic 
with every other feeling.