19 May 2016 - My Name
  (for Becca - my Beloved)

I got the tee-shirt
   with my title on the back
in six-inch letters.

My name was printed
   in a microscopic script
beneath their logo.

Quite young then, stupid,
   I believed they'd bought my name
(which WAS their message)!

Perhaps STILL stupid,
   not inclined to bow my knee,
I've burned their tee-shirt!

This life a whirlwind
   lifting limbs and waking leaves,
shakes off the ashes!

I tell you, laughing,
   pitching pine boughs cannot name
this breath which bends them!

~
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