You said you would be there, and
you appeared to teach and be taut.
bar at midnight, graceful presence/with the present,
you’ve heard tell you could not be resonant.
be correct in yourself.
be at a loss for words.
be silent and still and
when the man speaks he has something to say.
the initials of a Caesar who has long gone.
Surrounded by angels of hell himself.
the drink sits at the tip of his tongue.
the man speaks from experience:
it’s all he has,
all any of us have.