Faster, says my soul, but it is not my soul
Which says it. The soul knows; the brain is
Only an accoutrement. George Eliot says
That no tale starts; it has begun long before.
One is always in one’s middle years.
Death cuts the work off short and is
Is a consolation for the work. Some poets,
Not I, describe after death – a ridiculous
Gorgeous effort, an occupational hazard
Of poets. An ant walks off with a
Technicolor elephant on its back.
What a crumb feels like.