A Week of Kindness

cover of Une Semaine de Bonté by Max Ernst
cover of Une Semaine de Bonté by Max Ernst (Dover edition, 1976)

The seven deadly elements fight
like nestlings for our worms.
Death is without end

and therefore never as shapely
as my morning eggs.
Don’t misconstrue the ouroboros:

it’s not consuming but giving birth,
having just crawled out of
its own mouth.

I wake every day of the week thinking
it’s enough to follow
the warm curves of the earth

wherever they lead, though I know
it’s nowhere good.
And each day I dress

as if to the funeral of a blackbird
seizing every kindness by the hair.

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Dave Bonta (bio) crowd-sources his problems by following his gut, which he shares with 100 trillion of his closest microbial friends — a close-knit, symbiotic community comprising several thousand species of bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. In a similarly collaborative fashion, all of Dave’s writing is available for reuse and creative remix under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. For attribution in printed material, his name (Dave Bonta) will suffice, but for web use, please link back to the original. Contact him for permission to waive the “share alike” provision (e.g. for use in a conventionally copyrighted work).

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