End

Democracy does/not—
(Ask Solzhenitsyn, tell Sharansky)

History did/not—
(Query Colin Powell, buy a vowel
from Vanna)

Truth, O really?
(Jaspers will elucidate
when Russell can’t type)

No-thing, ever—
(Mary’s pride
by the words of John)

I will—soon
(Mandelstahm, Babe…).

Staples

The gentle brave of this bloc,
holy-precise in representing

a vagueness,
don’t know how to walk

their grace reflects
aggression,

confusion on corners at
the center

crawling in grass hoping
for penance,

dismissed, understanding
suffering in mind.

Routine

After muscles there is no muscle
for use, true for labor,

true of law,

true of the loved one
tongue

kvetching lively flaw;

freaky ostentations forced
once natural law,

come Monday, come Thursday,

and evenings
before the torn off weakened.