Dancing with Anne Sexton on the Charles

Richard D. Houff

before the bewilderment
settles into its comfortable advantage

we must move forward
and gain a foothold

this will lessen the shock
of falling back

and since we have been nurtured
to face sacrifice

losing ground
is nothing more than a short-lived
disappointment

we know it’s all a big fix
with an endpoint

and this is called truth:
a double-edged sword
– something you can always count on