sitting in that hospital bed, with the gauzy drapes
and the sound of the sea,
he thought about all those good intentions
with which he’d set about.
marilyn found god in the coconut trees.
john fitzgerald kennedy rewrote the new testament
on the pages of a tv guide.
he saw the face of our father in the best of intentions
in the morning erection
the fire bombing of dresden
the 52% chance of marital failure
the advent of astro-turf
and all the other things
we find to be beyond our control.