While my wife was massaging my sore right arm in bed I suddenly saw the Civil War soldiers in the hospital Whitman used to…
Is a lake on a hill closer to God than a
lake on a plain with its
bright reflective waters?
Is the dial on the watch of a saint
closer to true time than the
dials of the rest of us?
Is the night longer or shorter for
one who believes or one who disbelieves
that at the farthest end of it a glorious oasis arises?
(Slender palm trees there bend and tremble in the
Is the voice of the Beloved
licked inside our ears
clearer than our own voice and the
voices of others on the outside?
Is outside any different from
inside in God’s Eyes?
1/15/2008 (from The Fire Eater’s Lunchbreak)