A State of Poise

Does exist an attitude, turn of the head
poised better to see, hear and respond?
A special position of lens?

Does exist a level of doubt
that should rise beyond doubt, but retain
doubt as well in a maze of questions?

Ours has become a world that fires beliefs like bullets,
shoots out at non-belief, at any question—
strafes the precious Other

and burns, devours, engorges on others’ healing doubt
at the common altar of backyard
barbecue, six-pack-scripture world

that refuses to hear the word “question.”
Somewhere in the barrage of narrative
will we sometime discover Narrative?

And will the narrative be written
in words that are not curses?
In gestures unaccompanied by deadly projectiles?

Richard Fenton Sederstrom was raised and lives in the North Woods of Minnesota and the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. He is the author of four books of poetry, notably Disordinary Light, and most recently Eumaeus Tends, based on the few lines of The Odyssey that are axial to our understanding of the power and complexities of love. A new book, Selenity Book Four will appear next winter. Read other articles by Richard Fenton.