H e a r t S o n s & H e a r t D a u g h t e r s of A l l e n G i n s b e r g
N a p a l m H e a l t h S p a : R e p o r t 2 0 1 4 : A r c h i v e s E d i t i o n
Sadness Of Mind
He wants to thaw the pleas written in stone over the library.
This man prefers to climb bricks, to tighten his years, slowing
his life to a store of hours, ticking away 1,000 miles from
misery. In the old days, parents stripped the bad parts from
their kids. Though vowing the power to bring justice; to see
blame placed is all the greatest cop can do. Two dozen fears
crept into his life as unwritten rules changed and streets
shifted beneath his feet. The rock of ages cracks and fears come
unhinged to flap out of an old stone church where crash victims
sit on benches out front. In towns across America, a sadness of
mind sees that the same world used to be just fine.
[Originally published in NHS 1998, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs98/ruggia.html.]