by Jnana Hodson

I’d retreat to a cave
withdraw from the public

but the voice urges:
“Share your talents”

another reminds to return
and wrestle in
“a place where God is”

yet another takes its motto:
“I believe if you spit
in the ocean,
it makes a difference”

I’ve learned to trust
irrational action

ways, America,
to bless God


 Still, I want to retreat to an island
withdraw from the stupidity
and confrontation


just look at Milarepa
and up the new Emperor


That’s what Woodpecker said.