Christmas 2002

FIVE  REBELLIOUS  PLEASURES 

I. BEING CALM

It's such a trick to play on power,
seeing through the feeble madness of the news.
What a comforting rebellion to be calm, 
to refuse to goose step with the nearest fool.
Calm never lets us forget
how fearlessness is sweeter
than the dearest freedom granted by another.
Only one thing works, and it
can't really be spoken, except to say
that love will not deplete us, that generosity
is an ease so steely true, it overrules
blank cruelty every time, unbounded,
free as the calmness of leaves
reclining to the snowy ground.

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