That hand hitting the door
taught us to stutter
one or two beauties

to scare off the boogies.
I’ll try not to say, “Passivity
and abstraction got us here;

language and materialism
probably won’t save us,”
as I bury my head more

deeply in that knocking,
but I probably will say it, or less.
What difference does it take?

Matthew Henriksen (© 2008)