Nine Propositions Concerning Truth

1.

Perhaps it’s true that
our metaphor is better
than yours. Ours is truer
than that, where we were

born, when we were born,
there and then we knew
all the answers. Such as:

2.

When a pauper
takes to sail

and lives to
come back,

he will be rich
and find his love.

Clearly. Look

3.

at these tree-lined
streets, flags
on every house.
Everybody’s a

patriot here,
marching to
the drum,
to the drum
where

4.

acres of cars,
trucks, hoods
up, wait
to lose this
and that
part forever
in service of
another
going on. See,

5.

heads that may
embrace 
latitudes

must 

turn enough


degrees, though




6.

the bodies
never last
so long
as the excuse
for the killing,

and

7.

hanging from a golden


chain is hanging still.

8.

A girl turns the crank
on the jack-in-the-box.

It makes her smile;


it makes her wince

in anticipation.

She turns the crank
and it will, it
will jump out . . .

9.

“I’ve fished deeper waters,”
the captain said as
the Golden Dawn went down.

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