Apr 6, 2021

Why do I deserve beauty?

Ripple, a lovely song by The Grateful Dead 

Stabs me hard

My late son loved the song, playing it over and over

Now Ripple is a beauty with a long knife

And the sunrise, with its beauty, also stabs me

Why do I deserve beauty? Me, a man

Who couldn’t save his own son

There are many days when the universe is armed

With a sharp and cruel blade

And I am stabbed in my heart 

Oh, my son who never again came home


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