Tag: disillusionment


Ancestor Worship

Papa Hat
Always I have kept a Special Box,
a box made Special by the items inside
flowing with Meaning and Memory.

The Box itself has changed, moved
from house to house—
admittedly
it has always been made of cardboard
and admittedly
along the away I threw some Special items
into the …
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A More Perfect Union

"But, to speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government. Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining …

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A Clarification

"And these were Heavenly because
he never saw them clear enough
to satisfy his love, his need
to see them all again, again."

Wendell Berry

of all the human beings in the world,
any of whom could and would disappoint me,
all of whom can and …
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Humans

The first time I ever kissed a girl
on a couch, what struck me
most was not elation or desire
but the abrupt realization
that other human beings have mass
and fluids and upper lip hair
and probably feelings.
I was not a hot air balloon
drifting to cloud nine …
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Apotheosis

They need gods
and gods don't last forever.
Thus every so often
at a most celebrated temple or palace
the people hold a pageant. Any child who wants to
—or whose mother wants her to—
competes to prove she can contain it all.
What a wonder to be chosen! Or …
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The Undiscriminating Terror

One common theme in fantasy and science fiction is the terrible destructive force beyond good and evil, the abyssal Things that send dark lords and supervillains running for their mommies, the tentacled world-devouring monsters with minds so eldritch, so alien, we cannot begin to understand them. (Those who try lose …

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Idolatry and Iconoclasm

It's a fearful thing to love a statue,
returning every day to circle the dais
and study again every immortal curve—
unyielding, immutable, awesome. At first
you marched round and round like a supplicant:
incanting, worshiping the platonic form
of beauty. But now you circle like Joshua
around Jericho: tooting …
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