Poems – Volume 30 No. 4

Roger Desy

Free Will

though everything sooner or later changes to everything else—

randomness generally first affects conditions in their own locale

—I can choose my god—then choose a better god

but cannot even with the intensity of the best intentions
choose better than I can—can choose whatever distractions seduce

vulnerability to concentration on another chaos

and on occasion can also come to understand what I do not know

but will not what I cannot know enough to know to ask

—is day or night—desert or tundra—fertile and barren—fierce and delicate

is it wild or tame—chance certainty of windfall on a calm apocalypse

 

—there is a freedom only in its only nature—plainer than day

as plain as night—a freer choice perhaps than deer make—bedded in
the consummation hidden in the gestation of their selflessness finding a place

in squalls—rising to stir and browse and settle down again to rest in fields
at home on the exposure—taking the extremes of snow for granted

 


 

Essentials

there’s every reason to believe that those who take for granted

managing undesirable nuisance surely dangerous competition

to maximize the extraction of mountains standing between fertile
resources of ore or oil and their harvest for example—developing

the unused waste of uncut virgin timber encumbering essential profits
of needed productivity—a cornucopia a pharmaceutical—paradise

are correct—an inevitable right if ever there was one—to promote
a steady state of individual enterprise and social wealth and growth

though there are those who—otherwise agreeing the refinement
and finesse of species can be measured by the honesty of the lust

they feel for the blood of their own excess—also accept

in weaker moments of a self-reflection that by the age of reason

the selfless shape of a flake of snow is better ingrained in the soul
than they’ll ever know the scales of skin on the back of an agile hand

Roger Desy

Roger Desy has taught literature and creative writing at Duquesne University and has done technical writing and editing for a defense contractor. His poetry has appeared in Blue Unicorn, Epicenter, Mid-American Review, The Pinch, Poet Lore, and Spoon River Poetry Review.


Free Will though everything sooner or later changes to everything else— randomness generally first affects conditions in their own locale —I can choose my god—then choose a better god but cannot even with the intensity of the best intentions choose better than I can—can choose whatever distractions seduce vulnerability to concentration on another chaos and …

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