On An Island (for Jake Berry)
Robinson Jeffers on a loading dock,
blinded in pain takes questions from
reporters but answers in verse
"my predisposition is not to elect
but to persuade, to rise and like
the editor's note befall a certain
uncertainty, the common ailment
of life against the cliff, politics..."
his shoulders shrink and haggard
he returns to the steps from whence
he came and in a moment of clarity
the press is genuinely moved..
if not a community.
- Chris Mansel