box of jars

david brennan
Self Reproof
That's why people are so frightening.
You can't look inside of them. 

You end up taking a hammer
and raising it over their temple

or breastbone or pelvis
but you flake out of the swing.

They say tenderness is a disease too.  
You shouldn't hit anyone 

with a flower. 
A hammer hurts, but a flower will shatter a body.

David, you've never looked as scary 
as you do now, arranging flowers

in a vase at my bedside. Black-eyed
Susans, lilacs, a sole white tulip.