i. Order drives what's plausible
That the clock ticks give us comfort
while we push the hot dose that makes
a cardinal sing while rainbows shine
as our mask is anointed into heaven
whether over a grey glee dying face
is beside the point, a point of order
in the hot sweat night of black terror
someone comes and says it's all right.
That lie that makes all things possible.
ii. Play makes all things timeless
Yes, the ball thrown into the blue skies
in childhood suspends wicked disbelief-
forgive me father, for I have sinned.
A cardinal chirps in wonder at the red
scarlet pity that his white clock has struck stop-
and his still hallowed ground a mysterious reach.
Perhaps the ball will fall at last, perhaps.
In either case, tissues are salvation
and a mask is just a mask.
and time is well forgotten.
iii Humor divides man from heaven
The gods laugh over a hard shit
because they too remember
the burden of the flesh.
Still, we look for praise.
iv. Damnation is a noble goal
To be good enough to be damned
is pretty damn good
when you're judging yourself.
I didn't think you'd do it but you did
and it was the right thing to do
when you locked that time.
I would have done it too.
It was all prearranged before you came.
Were you warned by the myths or repeating?
It's a rough question to answer.
No-one knows what happened to the corpses
and no-one knows if it matters,
but it was all prearranged.