Aubade for the Executioner
There are some truths for whom, since their conception,
the way is doomed,
so that the whole of their lives
though they be lifted, it might seem,
out of themselves,
for a while, rescued
possess one fate and one alone
which is to tear their way toward death,
go out tied down,
deaf to the voice requiring now acknowledgement,
something, some recognition.
Tied down, yes, tied, and deaf to it.
In such a death there is no ending, none,
and no resolve.
Only lapses like a wheel, forgetfulness.
Who touches the ache touches numbness against relief.
It is remembering with happy tears the worst of winters!
Such halls of want these luckless truths build!
Who can help but love them who taught restraint,
a stone lesson
to endure silence like an excess of suffering
until such suffering to love spills into dreams
oh, when to hold, when not to hold them,
when not to meet their eyes.
What's chosen earnestly, by faith,
may be used in time against us.
Who can say how many or how few are buried in us.