BE A SOLDIER
Be a soldier! Be strong
as you are this second.
Scope the next place
your foot lands and push with toes,
balance in-motion weight to
Keep focus eye-level and peripheral.
Always you've been a soldier.
The sky clears of doubt and clouds
drop away. Scan the arena: war
Visible because you're about to die.
Visible because my hip's curve
ramps into energy-crammed worlds.
Visible because the jigsaw uncamouflaged.
Be a soldier.
At these words you untangle.
That battle's lost, that one partially won,
these two pending, another
entering the field.
You cannot know what will land
in your soul's garden and crush
any tangerine rose, scatter any lily petals
strewn white along muddy walkways.
You are alone
and no one will help you,
the outcome's in other hands.
Our battles are always with us.
You have arms to grapple with.
You must do dangerous things.
Avoid steel blades on long handles wielded
by parades of scythe people,
blurred with glamor, dig out psychic shrapnel.
Do the next thing.
Speak your truth.
Buddha up for the non-response.
Armor up for reprisals.
Take care of yourself.
The universe plays your spine like a
viola and the strings' tension varies
with what's outside.
into this moment's chord and after the bow
reaches the end of its stroke
the echo of the present fills the silence.
Something will happen
and everything will change.
Seven virgins in the next world
whisper "I want you"
and in this world my thighs
surround and morph into the soft stickiness
that brings honey to your whistle.
You think this will happen
even though you don't think
this will happen.
Be a soldier.
An empty horizon meets the eye. The field's clear
and you slip half-speed into a vibrating stream
that flows slowly through a green landscape
where vines hang on a trellis and orange flowers
trail upside-down like trumpets.
A window obloid shows walkways,
buildings, trees in
and something moves across a parking lot.
Your crosshair eyes track figures, a squadron
takes cover and approaches.
One crouches while another sprints.
They change roles and the others close.
Approach and take cover.