Friday, October 6, 2023


As the trees which stand
guard on each 
side of the street 

don't so much tarnish 
as burnish 
to flame-yellow, 

all of the neighborhood 
residents are invited 

to see, at one 
instant, the impossible 

paradoxically inherent 
in their own 

for, although the act 
of thought remains 
ruthlessly abstract, 

the picture, for once, is made
crystalline plain: 

like these, we may 
stand straight and 
stoically die 

in order to watch our 
way of life survive, 

knowing life-after-
sacrifice snaps 
to sheer certainty 

when the seed
of all futures 

is contained 
in today.