The High Alone from Broken and Reset: Selected Poems 1966-2006

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I. ALBUQUERQUE

Adventures begin.
What is
is perfectly what is.
Nothing can ever go wrong.
Wrong
requires standards
outside what is.
And there is
nothing
outside what is.
It is all and nothing;
that’s the gift
of freedom in its purity.
Fear alone makes the difference,
draws the line
across the universe --
fear the great savior
with so little to do,
it just keeps running
and running,
winding and winding, until
it snaps
with a fatal lash
across our tenderness.
But even it
isn’t wrong.
Even the idea of wrong
isn’t wrong.
So, what is?
Are we wrong-headed
seeing wrong
in what displeases us,
or wants to eat us?
What’s to be done?
Just begin.

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© 2006 V.B. Price