A Tender Wisdom

Things happened before life—
   liquids boiled
   boulders toppled
   volcanoes erupted
   twirling waters fell
Panic shocked his mind alive
   like being punished
My vision’s cold
   the earth’s so old
I’ll soon be gone
As short and irrepressible as life
There’s serenity
   in austerity
No joy
   without intensity
Summer again—
   the seasons flare and go
   like lightning
Even in sleep
   pain which can’t forget
   falls drop by drop
   upon his heart
until, against his will,
   a tender wisdom soothes him
   in its grace

-June 8, 2008-