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The Battering​-​Ram

from The Best of Call Me Ishmael by Patrick Shea

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Chapter 76: The Battering-Ram

May Truth reveal itself
In moth-fed predilections,
Furnished by the wealth
Experience conditions.
So we do it!

I can't conceive your eyes,
But I don't care --
Maybe another day.

In all, precedes a form,
A wall of indivision,
A cold protecting warm
In palpable commission.
And so we charge ahead.

Behind it all, amassed,
Tremendous life,
Or so I see in you.

But take, take, take, take, take, take, take it easy!
Now believe each fateful sight!
A wonder in every fold,
A truth waiting to be told!

A youth who steals the path
From timely revelation,
When sorrow takes it back,
Dies in observation
Of the only Truth.

I can't conceive your eyes,
But I don't care.
Maybe another day.

(c) and (p) 2009 Patrick Shea


from The Best of Call Me Ishmael, released March 7, 2012


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Patrick Shea Brooklyn, New York

Patrick is a nerd, a book lover, a math afficianado, an Ishmael, and an Ahab. He lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters. He grew up in Portland, OR; and has also lived in Grinnell, IA (for college); and Austin, TX.

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