• Vol. 07
  • Chapter 07

an alternate version of aging

family files find fit to reveal
a non-amatory complaint
a chant beyond their ken
—my kin can't grasp that, alas,
no lass no lad no body
                         no mind—
so though you may be keen to explain
to be one behind and active in campaigns
to caress the make, the rest of the clan
to unravel an analysis, a brotherly take
others still think otherwise
no less than wholly, no more than size
not led astray by words, deeds, or leads but
staid in their ways, with confidence of such
if gladly off the cuff while on the mark to find
threads of necessary needs, and mindful relations.