Is it a how or a why that you’re here again
at the bottom of the year again?

What's to be done with your frustration, your
fear again? Driveling sickness, nagging notion
of a marriage fading to fondness and resent?

What's to be done? -- but listen--

Hark hear the bells

Spring is implicit, one supposes,
in the swim down into the darkness,
but there should be a deeper, soberer,
more permanent name than “patience” for what you need

--“Grim grit?” that’s not it--.

For the faith not only to believe
that the days won’t keep shriveling
forever but that there’s even a sun still
somewhere above that blanketing lichen sky

--no, that’s not it-- more like a ugly gray
breaker punishing you down, naught to do
but give up and hope you don’t drown under

Sweet silver bells

--no, not quite-- heavier... leaden-- pummeling
dimly shimmering molten cold-- that’s the sound
that spreads to the West beneath
your high-rise conference room illusion

And it’s not an old glory that whips in the sound wind
And it’s not the wind that whips either, and, no,
it’s not your mind, clever, but nothing moves

except that one forlorn electron
back and forth through time, infinitesimal
pin-prick nose-so-bright. Drink to that!

Three Maker's Marks for Mister Quark!


The herald angels sing glory

Sing, bourbon, glory


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