Split Chin


“I’ve been where you’re hanging / I think I can see where you’re pinned.” –Leonard Cohen

Amidst all the talk
of blood and damage,

of resolutions and higher powers
as we understand them:

There is what has happened
and what is happening.

What happened is
that you did right and wrong,

got and gave
and lost and saved,

responded, usually, with generosity
and laughter,
and, sometimes, with a fully earned,
yet suppurating pride.

And then you got drunk
and fell down.

What is happening is something else.
What will happen is anybody’s guess.

Only know that I am with you through it all.

[for Mike Doke]

November 9, 2015

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