an iterant (a fool)

life is an equation
of sorts

on iteration

never much closer
to a solution

but the attempt
must be made
or die

looking back
sees the poor fool
in his own


or because
of what is being done
around him

by others

to others

to him

the present is
securely more complete
and need cause
no bother

the temptation
to wallow
in the distress
of being so . . .
is seductive
for a short time
a naïve fool
is iterating


*I’m not sure if this and the last poem (hissst!) will make the cut. It is tricky to find what feels like a satisfactory opening into this section of the work.

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