Optimism

How close to the mark can you get
with friends as desperate as you are
without following the follow-through
from the flinch to the insofar?

Jobs jobs jobs, said the ad
earn enough to pay for tickets
for the whole family they were told
before disappearing.

Culture is a geological perplexity
the land heaves and bends over itself
obscuring and suffering from
impermanent concentration.

It is more like stumbling across
an intersection in a metropolis
than being on the opposite corner
by instant and unsullied will.

Three children were found huddling
on the riverbank where the big
brother had promised to swim across
with a rope for them.

Since floods were tamed by mud
the farmers and the uppercrust
built their temples and had their babies
baptized in trust.

If I could tie up loose promises
into a rope ladder leading
from the foothills to the headwaters
then hand over terrified fist

we could, me and the angels
by dark cross over to the blessed
land of hard labor and frayed
persuasions where flesh may rest.

How close to the mark can you get
with friends as desperate as you are
without following the follow-through
from the flinch to the insofar?

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