by R. Armstrong
If you do in fact conquer, remember to change the sails.
The black-sailed ship harbors in grief, victory’s future.
(Again we are taught your lesson, the lesson of the false symbol, the hasty
escape, the poor plan, the trouble with decisions based on fixed meanings.
Oh grief, dear father, dear cliff, my kingdom.)
“Advices from History” by R. Armstrong, from Having Asked to Make Manifest Was Made Only Words. Copyright © 2012 R. Armstrong. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.