Tuesday, January 04, 2005

The knee-jerk is so common
or the twinge of back pain or hiccups.

It is undignified. Reach for
a reason: Anyone
can have this
happen, a flinch that makes a coward live forever
or worse.

A horse
broken-legged in a field with a cold colt
trembling hard against its skull surely
will know smokeless collapse, whether the field
is torn by battle
or construction. This can be a comfort:

Any body, suddenly old, will tell anyone
that pain:
the messenger, is always misunderstood
yet cannot be shot or killed
or wounded.