Sunday, March 20, 2022

Orchard of Knowing by Paul Tran

Orchard of Knowing

          Into the shadows I go
and find you, gorgeous as your necklace
          of nine hundred and ninety-nine index fingers.
All of them point at me
          as the kill to complete your mission:
to return to your kingdom by returning to your king
          a thousand human sacrifices.
You chase me. You swing your sword
          yet I remain beyond your reach.
I’ll surrender, I tell you,
          when you detach from your received idea of purpose.
So you do. You set down your weapon.
          But I didn’t mean the blade in your hand.
I meant the blade in your mind.

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