18 09 20

You look like an occa­sio­nal­ly violent man
not in charge of an altar
not in charge of an impor­tant altar, any­way
not one that is about fan­cy dei­ties
just a plain neigh­bo­rhood for the dead

please give me
spare change and your word that I won’t be mis­sing in a year

– as is the cus­tom, two humans make a huma­ni­ty
Ton­go Eisen-Mar­tin, « But Roof­tops Did All the Work », in Hea­ven is all good­byes, City lights, 2017, p. 114–115