Sonnet of Confusion

A sparrow on a lonely roadside sign
I’m trapped inside the net of humming wires
and dying with the embers of the fire
I fear to find myself deaf, dumb, and blind
with all the horrors dumped upon mankind
and all the endless knowledge thus required
as all the world’s divided up with lines
and owner of the world I’m not to be
Cry, cry, but suffer stonefaced stares
I sigh so slowly, close my eyes and sleep
surrender to the siren song so deep
and all the while my babbling mouth declares
(to hide the visions in my head I hate)
That I be thus resigned to meet my fate

— 1993