On Decoration —
You’ll wear your merit badges
whether you feel like it or not,
sewn into or under your skin, these
sigils of your success and sacrifice
are insoluble, scars and stretch marks,
razor burns of rapture
and freckles of forgiveness.
On Knowing All The Knots —
It is impossible to know all the knots
because every person’s a different twisted shape,
some are made to support your heels and hands
and others just to string you up, so the key
is not knowing them all, but knowing the difference
without testing the weight with your neck.
On Starting Fires —
Like wars and reality television series,
fire start when you will,
but they do not end when you please.
Before starting a fire, choose your site carefully,
clear of personal debris
and don’t soak it all in gasoline unless
you’re only planning on keeping it lit one night.
And if you’re worried about embers, don’t.
Better to be kept alive by ghosts
than to have never sparked at all.
And Lastly, On The Woods —
Not everything out there is going to eat you alive,
but those that are hold no malice in their hearts.
They’re just listening to their blood,
like tigers batting away at the bars of their cages
we will never tame it all.
The woods are as fluid as our secret hearts,
as impossible to hold as fists of oil.
So when something in the dark of the woods growls at you