week seventythree: the end of fables

a relevant poem

the end of fables

charlie what do you think
you outlasted frostbite and followed every beast
bring it all back and be kind
tell a story say how foxes ate the caraway seeds

the last great rhinoceros
died alone and maybe that’s as good as dying gets
bring it all back and be kind
you’re here so am i that’s all it is

honey we’ve been trying
honey we’ve been trying
honey we’ve been trying like a barn swallow tries
piling sticks up so high

the shepherd shot the sheep
fell to his knees and he cried they looked like wolves to me
bring it all back and be kind and be gentle
say the ever wild sentimental geese

your old horse in photographs
smiling with her crooked teeth which always made us laugh
bring it all back and be kind
she died outside with her head in your lap

honey we’ve been trying
honey we’ve been trying
honey we’ve been trying like a barn swallow tries
piling sticks up so high

charlie what do you think
you outlasted frostbite and followed every beast
can you sing
can you love
cause charlie if you can’t by now it don’t look good for us

but i swear we’ve been trying
i swear we’ve been trying
i swear we’ve been trying like a barn swallow tries
piling sticks up so high