Wednesday, October 18, 2023


Even in circumstances 
beyond our control, 

we are able to do 
without believing 
what we're told.

Though we dance 
like marionettes 
who were 

to their poses, 

we nonetheless 
rise up and give 

the audience a
damn good show. 

You may yet ask—
ought we not 
be troubled 

at the thought 
of our mouths being 
opened and closed 

like hand puppets 
made of old 
athletic knee socks? 

But the answer 
depends upon whether 
or not 

you resist feeling 

and then pulled 
to admit

that, even if 
each line has been 
meticulously scripted, 

it's completely 
up to us 

which how much 
passion we'll 
perform it.