Day Nine: ‘Vast Greenery’

April 9, 2013

Is it in vain to think of crumbling knowns

as green buildings, each fresh land plot razed

to accommodate a new bank a blessing?

Paul Road once vast with oaks becomes a strip mall,

the mountains that you hung your hopes on now

blocked by a sharp steel business school. Say no

to your cold fears. They’re nagging chumps who grind

your intuitions into moot. Abide.

The earth clearing yields bright, different tomorrows.


Sip life from coffee cups foreign as fennel,

revel in new clean windows. Pray fast —

not for new hills to hide you, not for groves

of shady blindness, but for slow-dripped silence.

Forget the teachers. Conscience is strangely colored.


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