in training - August 13, 2015s

author’s note:

Dedicated to all those hard-working souls brave enough to raise children…braver than I.


If you’re looking for
a meaningful adventure…

we still have many
wide-eyed children
from the far-flung mountains
of Tierra del Fuego available
for adoption.

Yeah, they’re a bit feral:
  they’ll climb the curtains,
  forage behind walls
  and ’round midnight, you may find them
  up the backyard tree—
    their eyes gleaming
    in your flashlight beam!

But I assure you
they can be housebroken
without losing their cuddly charms
or awkward grace.

As good Americans
they can be taught to follow
our blind leaders—
they can be trained
to look the other way
as their corporations
steal from little old ladies:

yes, we can convince them
to ignore their best interests.

But no matter what we do
many will still want to plant
good crazy seeds:
they’ll take on honorable roles—
such as teacher,
midnight scribe
or master shipbuilder.

Some will actually believe
in the necessity of peace:
they’ll jump from their aeroplanes
to embrace innocents
we’ve disguised as enemies.

Some will nourish on garbage
then rise from the pits
to transfuse holy blood
back into dormant hearts.

Maybe a few wise ones
will find perfection in the dust
then show us the vision
we so desperately seek.

give those Fuegian children
a loop or two
of our long twisted rope
—hoist them up!—

otherwise they may end
by slinging their pearls
into the dark dismal field
of wounded hope.

© 2015, Michael R. Patton
finding beauty: the book