"The Other Shoe Is a Severed Foot"
By Gregory Crosby
The motivational poster as angel of death:
No one can do everything but everyone can do something.
The missile blows up on the launch pad, but there’s always
tomorrow. The sun will come out, tomorrow, to burn us
back to life, to bring us back to the brink of sunset.
Spring is here, which means long walks up the hill or down
to the water’s edge to watch it go down (it’s only
in between that we can’t see all these endings without
end). No one can see all the ends but everyone can see
the shadow of the wave that the next wave destroys.
Then that shadow, then that shadow. We mistook shadows for
shade. Now it’s World War Free; my shadow lies over
the ocean, your shadow lies over the sea. Tomorrow
knows never, & today is the first day of the rest.