11.15.2004

Joshua Cannot Tie His Shoes

Joshua cannot tie his shoes.
He knows his name begins with "J"
but he is small and unimportant
and nobody knows him. They
can't saywhy they smile or why he can't
smile back and still for him there's news,

front page headlines, of unexplored
full and dark depths with bleeding
secrets that fill the coming years.
But he is weak and oft misleading
and the help he doesn't want to fear
he can't undo and can't ignore.

He can't stop what's set to motion
by his own incriminating hand
or the rain he hates being caught under
like a captain navigating to land,
who's caught beneath the vast thunder,
adrift amidst a vaster ocean.

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