Remembering Salinger

What would fame bring

what would it change

One iota of truth

the stoppage of rain


Living exposed

the arrows to sling

You know what you know

whether knave or a king


Accolades fall

slaps on the back

Stumble or stall

and your patron’s attack


Life in the shadows

freedom proclaimed

Famously absent

—yourself to ordain


(Dreamsleep: October, 2022)

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