Poverty is the best education.
& sister Poetry
are twins – identify with a long line
of holy fools, primitive peoples
punished into meekness
by most extreme duress.
Fort et dur (judicial phase).
Abe Lincoln with his Choctaw cheekbones,
Black Elk, Roger Williams,
William Blackstone... hymns
in the wilderness (breeched from stones)
float toward a gray middle ground
of sky. Shy of names –
since the herm what frames
this Percy-dervish meadow-go-round
of constellations... only Manitou
will do (for some). Great
Spirit. Big Wind. A late
night pathos, sifting through
Only the geometer
of beatitude & bitter
pain. Familiar Maximus-Bertha
who rises (bulbous) from the plain
senselessness of men
like airy turtle-dove
machine – kind, moderate... humane.