Getting Up

It is not enough
to feel regret
Judas didn’t hang himself
because he didn’t feel regret.

It is not enough
to believe in the head
the heart will fall hard
and die empty in pain if belief is just for minds.

It is not enough
to know a way
you must depend
on someone other than yourself to open the door.


Who could dream such as her?
A nymph whose lithe form speaks truth
Who could hope for such as her?
Shackled down in chains.

Growing clinging climbing high
Green with life that clings to stone
Hope with lips and hips and eyes
A voice in silence not my own.

I am tortured by her kindness
And cannot see the way to her
And if she turns to cruelty
I will surely burn.