If on a winter’s night you learn the worst
then go down to the park & lay in the snow.
If all the grace of the trees is falling
upon you, amnesia will come like a happy
dream. If you see the moon, then know
at least it’s 238,857 miles from Earth.
If birth scenes flash at you like real
memories, then correct your vision.
If it’s still there strobing behind
your eyes, then try counting, or whistling,
or holding your breath. If expectations
of death oppress your cockeyed optimism,
then gaining perspective might not be possible.
If opposing tyranny is on your wish list,
then keep insisting, keep ringing the bell.