What is Significant by Alan L. Birkelbach

Sitting on a bench at the dog park
a younger woman, someone who I
assumed was intelligent
because she was attractive,

said to me, “You have a dangerous dog breed.”
A single man has to double-consider
statements like that.

When God leaned over to Adam
with that fingertip cosmic spark
I’d like to think he said a few words,

which truly if God is anything like man–he would,
filling the space with meaningless chatter.
“Go get ‘em, tiger!”

There’s how we measure beauty.
And how we talk about it,
the lines that ignore we were just dust yesterday,

but today we don’t know how to talk
about when the leaves will change color,
about what is safe, unsafe, unchangeable.

There is a Providence in the perfect fold of a napkin.
There is sound in the light that the moon reflects.
Every day there is yearning, and more yearning still.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s