BY DAVIDMURRAYLAW@GMAIL.COM

I Know the World

 

 

 

Untitled (Gold Painting), Robert Rauschenberg, 1953

The Guggenheim, Manhattan 

 

 

I know the world

 

not comprehensively

 

nor exactly

 

still this is a place

 

I have travelled through near and through far

 

I have not been everywhere

 

but almost anywhere I have been

 

has provided an occasion

 

to test my favourite theory

 

that all people are people

I have encountered mighty demons

 

aligned against this most evident truth

 

supposing that some

 

are more human than others

 

deserving of more rights, greater deference, higher consideration

 

 

Getting ready to do the unspeakable yet again

 

I feel unarmed against this onslaught

 

clutching at straws that break in my palm  

 

grasping at sand that slips through my fingers

 

falling to my knees, apologetically but uselessly.

 

 

But still ready, in my hapless way

 

- to fight.

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