Some Other Honor


pedestal for moment

given

pulpit

ear constructed

in patient eagerness

deserving risen monument

built in/to

alabaster/porcelain

form

lips, bit

/open   –   intent

on question

but awaiting what is

soon-to-come

 

is worth whatever sculpture

the mind’s architects, scholars

can engineer in a name.

 

no tiaras   –   petty crowns to send

professionals further above

but

most certainly –

some other

honor

 

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Wanted


Delicate wish-chaser

 the voyage can turn

into the middle passage

at anytime.

Patience is measured

by what was drained from dreams,

by whatever was pushed aside

in desire’s wake,

by the amount saved

to be spent

when the time has become late.

Ships become small and stale

as days pass,

the captain becomes

less kind

and land is further away.

But persistence earns

freedom

never wanted.