you are awkward and perfect.
One of the first things I liked about this place.
Bright, pale eyes,
you are more watchful than a pigeon
but just as unwilling to be intimidated.
you are perfectly willing to dine
at a taqueria.
to name things–
east, west, magpie, juniper, Lower Falls–
and to frame things,
foreground, mid-ground, background,
stone, vegetation, horizon, sky, cloud–
tiny connections made–
a fine web–
by naming things
and framing things.
a journey of self-discovery
sounded very fine–
I have seen the Shadow
and I was much more comfortable
when she was hid
I wake from dreaming
and find that I’m
just an ordinary sinner.
that Jung says
neurosis results from refusing to walk
the path of true pain–
and to tell the truth,
I’d rather not be neurotic
I am unwilling the approach the Shadow, this misshapen stranger,
having seen her, can I unsee her?
A Buddhist monk says
awareness is the first step of Change–
but what are the rewards of Change again?
I ponder all this,
and then walk the dog.