Joshua the strong and sure,
but all he knows is timid teddy
bear Joshua, the klutz who can't
get anything right but daddy
can fix the uncontrolled decant
of hidden things that have no cure,
the secrets he believes concealed.
He hates that daddy sees them but
he loves that he can take them all
away. His eyes are never shut;
his big eyes baptize like St. Paul.
Joshua's frailties are revealed
in the water that consumes his weeping,
like fire purifying gold
and drawing out its imperfections,
the removal of the lingering cold
from a spring whose latent resurrection
Joshua gave him for safekeeping.