A drowning man
can scarcely be relied upon
to map the shape of the shoreline.
that look smooth from afar
will not, up close, have broad ledges
And easy holds
to mantle, where faces lined
from afar will be etched with small cracks, too,
As it is
with people, and so the poets
content themselves with odes to roses and onions
their stories to a single driveway
of snow melting in the rain, with mud revealed.
Xenophanes said of Homer
that his attribution of human faults
to gods was an extension of the belief in gods
With human form,
but if horses and oxen could draw,
surely they would draw gods with horse and oxen bodies.
And I attribute
my same lust and longing and sadness
to you as if pain were a universal currency, and love.
And would you pardon
my redundancy if I were to say
it was a sad and rainy spring day?