Thursday, March 10, 2011

For J.D. and Kenneth Slawenski

is it true
that you
can't choose
the medium?

when john updike
was unctuous even
in his criticism
it hurt you

but there's
that old zen Janos
you want so badly
to eradicate desire

for example JD
i have this
friend and
he died

a land mine
on leave
this is my
Hurtgen forest

planted for subterfuge
i don't know even
the glacial tip
of your horrors

and yet you wrote
for me the bird-watcher
you disdain me
for my innocence

and you love it
zooey your red
cap your parade
toward the carousel

it takes a
truly dedicated
egotist to become
a zen master

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