Ian McFarlane – winter, 2012


(For the compassionate wisdom of Laurel Lloyd-Jones)


To beat back intolerance,

in a time and place

that is – and equally – is not

amenable, is to risk suspension

between what we know of form,

and what we believe of substance;

like a leaf caught on the cusp

of a dangerous definition.

Because hubris defines compassion

in a way that disenchants hope –

however, to understand the leaf

with what we know of love,

is to seek all we need to know

of wisdom.