Plato’s Cave

So, what does come first ~ the egg cell or the chicken
And, what goes last ~ the dyin’ or the livin’

Who mends the rends in holy water
Why does my cast off god love slaughter

How much does it weigh ~ a wretched bloodstain
Have you seen the view from grief’s gentlest mountain

What do streams drink when they’re thirsty
What’s the cost of malice or the price of mercy

Does a sun keen low when it’s eclipsed
Who comforts prayer when the drunk’s relapsed

Does a wave feel proud, when in trough not crest
Does a cuckoo feel at home in a pillaged nest
Where do exhausted raindrops rest
Why did my lover love her best

First Published in Drawn to the Light Press, February 2023

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