Solid Ground

Analysis I (Self-Portrait). © Chris Bronsk 2014.

the sensible say
you can coexist
with the monster

just try to avoid
violent gestures
violent speech

when threatened
take on the form
of a stone or leaf

obey wise Nature
who urges mimicry

breathe shallowly
play we’re not here

Mr. Cogito however
dislikes living as-if

he’d like to fight
the monster
on solid ground

Zbigniew Herbert, from “Mr. Cogito’s Monster,” The Collected Poems 1956-1998

(from the archives, Seattle, 2014)

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