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Soft Armor by Havens

A man who lies to himself is often the first to take offense. It sometimes feels very good to take offense, doesn’t it?” – The Elder Zosima, The Brothers K.

Soft Armor

Guard against the joylessness –
the shout
the sloganed cry.
Guard against the chanted curse
and truthful-seeming lie.

Guard against the joylessness –
against the sheepish fright.
Guard against the mirthless marches
that wilt without the light
(a truly righteous Army thrives
even out of sight).

Guard against the joylessness –
the hunt
the blue bird’s noose.
Guard against the flashing placards
that turn a lynching loose.

Guard against the joylessness –
against the textbook heart.
Guard against the low momentum
of the classroom’s faded arts
(the ivory’s crumbling fastest
at the over-polished parts).

Guard against the joylessness
my son,
my girl child,
by suiting up in Mother’s grace
and wielding Father’s smile

The PVP Diaries #59 –Andy Havens

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  • James ONeil June 12, 2020, 9:31 AM

    & adding to your discussion elsewhere Prof. Wagstaff;

    Poets love their revolutions.

  • Andy Havens June 12, 2020, 11:05 AM

    Nothing more revolting than a poetic revolution. Or a revolutionary poet.

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