Daily Archives: June 2, 2012

“So Much Business”

“So Much Business”

 
So much business left undone, so many miles
Of tapes, ribbons in reds and blues, greens;
Afghanistan, Lebanon, Georgian dreams
Of millions led by headlines peopled by the smiles
Of clerics and the grimaces of what’s endemic to markets,
Grist for the mills, lies designed to validate
What was never in question and seems to obfuscate
The will to rise above the glory of the grove. The spark that’s
Missing is the true desire of souls who long ago
Decided that the fruit of the breast was more desired
Than prayer; milk, the fire
Of life above the light, what the bow
And arrow offers mother, child and creditors to boot;
Arrogance grafts upon the tree what only cyclones offer deepest roots.
…The lighter thought, then, for us all; a fragrant breeze,
And while we swear it is so much less
Or more than what it truly is, at least there is the guess
That madness cannot be far removed from ease
As when after consternation, panic, and a night of prayer
The modified version never quite tips the scales
And the inevitable breach but qualified freedom, nothing left of trails
Of debris, the detritus of but a brief and potent hemisphere
No greater than a day, no deeper than a single night
Of ownership of all that is the other side of just another ruse,
A plenum in subterfuge amongst the many who labour through societies of wit
And weather in the memory; their accumulation, whether bushels of writs
Or generations of foreclosures on the residue of someone else’s sight
Bear no fruit and fruitage but latent sorrows’ scents and accents  for the muse.