Do I give enough? There’s equal peril in yes and no. If I remove I from the equation, where does the question go? Is there still an I to know? With the I removed, the giver flows — the giver is a river. The receiver cools his toes.
Performance and Pose
Performance and pose . . . giving way, finally,
to a performance that there is no pose,
and a pose that there is no performance,
giving way, finally,
to what a body knows all along,
that the performance and pose
never was of need at all,
but merely a reflection in poor glass
in a rich frame, or rich glass in a poor one,
alas, poor me,
pour me, O Life, pour me . . .
Recently Banned Literature, April 15, 2016