Oxymaria

Most miserable

when she’s happy

 

Most shameful

when she’s proud

 

Most prescient

when unconscious

 

Most distant

 in a crowd

 

Most forthright

when not speaking

 

Most giving

when denied

 

Most secret

when she’s telling all

 

Most dead

—but still alive

 

(Dreamsleep: December, 2021)

More Precious Than Gold

The script of experience,

endorsing our wills

banking our choices,

paying our bills

 

Crediting our memory

for what lies ahead

debentures of faith

the black and the red

 

A ledger retallied,

both columns in sync

the plus and the minus,

indelible ink

 

Its summary left open,

all errors erased

with loans to push forward

—new funding in place

 

(Rosemont College: December, 2021)