Snide Little Tease
What are all these terrible proclivities, anxieties?
In how many guises of exuberance do quakes
of terror hide? Life can be a snide little tease –
an acrobatic malady, a viral wheeze that makes
us watch trapezes full of inept fliers falling
from the ceiling. These unfunny circuses reach
into all our psyches, hearts and eyes, appalling
anyone who pays them any mind. Spirits beseech
you: offer to whoever wants it, all you’ve got –
your marriageable self, your favorite raccoon,
a chicken-burger-fries chain with a parking lot –
offer it to God or the woman in the moon,
or a brilliant astrophysicist, or witch on a broom.
Give your every penny, Eurodollar or doubloon.
Divest yourself of everything: empty every room.
Do it years and years from now or do it very soon.
Or hoard it all forever in a cellar in your house.
There may be worse and better things to do as well.
Some will parade themselves, some hide and grouse.
Some make a boring heaven, some make a happy hell.