Along the rows of empty houses and the attempt to display only the good in every life, you would not wish such confidence games to be found dense in the culture. But displays are inescapable and says little about anyone’s truthfulness. Perhaps the best thing you might consider is to dither your disdain with some sort of love or acceptance. The sort of thing you might find in the ideal church or winding river. Your heart is in the land but not in its people. Have you stopped to thank anyone? If not, you’ve shunned the treasure. All should be judged, sure. But morals are not a cudgel unless held up in anger.
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May you fasten your imagery
to the shoulders of the New Yorker’s overblown
and let them melt as Icarus wax
too close to the sun of fame.
Your Daedalus is the anxiety of influence
blooming always in your ambition
to wow with craft.
So perhaps relax as though birdwatching.
Enjoy the words as they come to you—
syllables hovering along a satisfied ocean.