Tag: heroism


America First

The man in the White House
is building a wall,
closing our borders,
putting America First.

I am putting myself first.
I declare independence.
Among my people
I carve out
my place. Mine.
My land, my time, my art,
my opinion, my religion,
my boundaries.
These are my LEGOs
and …
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The Wordless Place

On good mornings, I wake
and start with faithful work
to build the wordless place:
two mugs of coffee, two slabs of butter,
cushioned space where a body
can recognize itself.

I do not think
therefore I am not
a hero or a failure
or a laborer
or a mind …
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Batman

When Batman saved Gotham
having finally figured out
how to synthesize an antidote,
he couldn't go back to just being
Bruce Wayne—like most superheroes
Batman is maladjusted
for everyday life, maladapted
to a saved world.

When Noah touched solid ground
having preserved human- and animal-kind
and much too old …
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Leaving it Open

Forgiveness is not closure—
not the signing of a dotted line and a handshake
nor the drop of a gavel, Not Guilty,
nor the immediate restoration of trust.
Forgiveness is a door
reopened, blowing shut
in every storm, reopened—
a trail we open and offer
to climb together riddled
with …
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Jonah and the Open Road

Unexpectedly calm seas
so Jonah lands on the shore
of the Wild West, moseys into a saloon.
Moseys, yeah—despite the stiffness
in his boots. Breakin' 'em in.

Slams his second empty on the bar.
"I reckon all's left for me now
is the open road."
"That the first time …
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The World We're Living In

I create worlds.

When someone says that, you can assume one of a few possibilities: A) he's a god who has taken human form, B) he has access to godlike technology, or C) he's a nerd. For better or worse, I inhabit the last category. I create imaginary worlds for …

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