There exists all manner of incarceration: bricks and bars, of cours
The reward for having fallen out of favor with some jurist,
Black-robed and clad with a fitting solemnity,
But any number of others as well–all less tangible, less corporeal,
And, as such, all the more insidious.
Most forbidding of all confinements, though, are those of our own making,
Or (even more maddening, more exasperating) those of our own being,
The limits of our sight-lines at the horizon,
The boundaries of our own perception,
The tyranny of the senses.
Suffer my folly, then, to put out to sea
In the hope (though I fully understand
If you must term it something else altogether) of finding
Some odd grail residing in the interval between dreams and the defined,
Though possession can achieve nothing more
Than to taint it with the stench of the workaday.
I know that this mad exercise in carpe diem will not likely end well;
My safe return dependent on instruments and forecasts,
Man-made and consequently fallible.
When such time comes, keen some song of the dead for me
As you wail upon the beach, if you must;
I will have likely achieved some approximation of contentment.