[35] On Withholding Judgment, Richard Widerkehr


In Withholding Judgment

                                   -for Jay Nahani Braunstein

Sometimes, everything’s a bit too much of a lot,
you say—this tweet, that lie; this skewering,
that critique where beauty takes a beating
in the streets, and truth tries to do too much.

No, I think, it’s not ridiculous to pray
lesser lights create a space between logs
in fires damped down, so we’ll listen.
Now in this dawn, our black cottonwood;

leaves and their secrets, and in the east,
this yellow against gray. Aren’t we
dark boats, one mast asleep? No, not yet?
Trickster leaves; shadows flicker.

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