the man in the curio shop

(For Thom Hickey)

It is, one supposes, a business establishment, if just barely
Though more than one would-be shopper,
Having been squeezed against some ancient china cabinet
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A Variation Upon Kate Copeland’s “All the water in the world”

At the end, there is only water;
Not the healing drizzle some farmer,
Grimly surveying yet one more orange horizon,
Seeks for fields laid to waste
Under a pestilential sun,
But a thing without nuance, without proportion
With no sense of just-so,
Simply a malevolent totality leaving no room for something else.
One can suppose that there will be blue skies,
A parting of the clouds, the gaiety of picnics,
The simple beauty of a stroll with one loved who loves in return
All ascribed to the mathematical certainty
That some balance, some dry-bulb aridity ,
Shall balance the scales, shall provide equanimity
But such notions seem like a mockery of logic,
An outcome reserved for a world
Where than can be a this or that,
For here there is only the water,
Indefatigable, relentless, remorseless.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Ms. Copeland’s original is considerable writing; she is obviously blameless for the shortcomings in the piece.