Monday Poem

The Slim Hope of Ponce de León

best of all seeming impossibilities,
of all unlikelihoods at the heart of utopias,Ponce de leon 02
is the slim hope of Ponce de León—
the golden nut of Eden’s tree
to hoard and hold and keep alive,
like the fire-tenders of prehistory,
an ember no matter how small,
red and hot of passion,
of mind transparent as the whirr
of hummingbird wings,
firm as tenon in mortise,
expansive as a new thought balloon,
determined and fearless
as a tortoise crossing a freeway
at the pinnacle of noon—
the will to keep lit an enduring blaze
of moments that were hourless
dayless .. monthless .. yearless
and clear of haze
Jim Culleny