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WORDS

                                                Change is made of choices

                                                & choices are made of character.

                                                                    – Amanda Gorman (“We Write”)

 

Nothing stays the same,

even the Earth wobbles on its axis.

 

We are not the same people—

we were raised with, and finally by.

 

Reason and truth have been inflated so

they have no value now, like fiat currency.

 

Yesterday, a man’s word defined him.

Today he speaks a foreign tongue.

 

But that’s all we have, a lifetime of words

to ease the speed and pain of change.

 

GONE FISHING

                                       

 

                                       Poetry is its own prayer,

                                      The closest words come to will.

                                                 –  Amanda Gorman (“CORDAGE, or ATONEMENT”)

 

To untangle a knot of fishing line

you must begin with the hook—

work reason gently backwards.

 

Don’t pull tight but take a breath,

give time away and listen

to the words that swim by.

 

Free the mind to find itself

not coifed in sheep’s clothing

but wild as a wolf in the woods.

 

Watch the water riffle and eddy.

See rocks and cobbles talking

from an ever-changing streambed.

 

This is fishing.

This is poetry.

This is solace.