Birds have feathered wings to fold.
I, this piece of paper.
Folding it is the most satisfying thing
I can think to do this cold morning.
Align the edges. Thumb smooth the creases.
Palm out the wrinkles.
It hardly resembles a bird. I know.
But it’s the folding I’m after — aiming
for some form of practice.
Patiently mollifying impatience.
I fold dough and laundry to feed
and feel a small wave of contentment.
I fold letters of greeting in a wish
to break the lure of loneliness.
I’ve laid down many a luckless poker hand
in both defeat and doubt, and once,
dispirited, I folded my arms when
I knew for sure my long-misdirecting faith
had flamed out and needed to be stowed
so I could see the world fresh and clear.
Today, I’m seeking new possibilities
in a small illusion with unambiguous lines.
Look, world, look.
Our story is in tatters.
Here’s a “dove” for you to hold.
I give it in peace. Make it fly.
Concluding Unscientific Postscript
“I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations — one can either do this or that.”
— Søren Kierkegaard
The mystic tide runs
both in and out, or out and in —
depending on where you enter
the story of time.
A marriage begins, a marriage ends.
A brother thrives, then dies.
People who welcomed you for years
turn away with a sudden mind-shift.
A job is gained, a job is lost.
Pain surfaces, grips, fades.
The ideal shatters into a thousand
We sweep. Or don’t.
The brilliant Earth itself, our star
among stardust, wobbles calmly on
toward assured planetary demise.
You and I, we are here for a spell.
And we need to speak honestly.
We love, we tremble. We tremble,
we loathe. We sketch a heaven and a hell.
Some days we wear the monk’s robe,
some days dance so as not to fall as
flower petals fall. We do what we believe
needs doing. Except when we don’t.
We bore. We laugh. We slip
into the sleek aura of piety.
We swim for the ocean’s sake,
for the feel of surface and sense of depth,
aiming to keep these bodies
attuned to some kind of equilibrium.
We sip from words that sound like glory,
then rest on eternity’s pouty lip.
in and of
the repeating dark
daylight’s crazy hunger.