Song of the Blessed One The Bhagavad-Gita, Canto 11: (4) Behold I
and is this not the GREAT PUNISHER this KNOWING miraculous architecture of disappointment bedrock of regret if not for future planted in the mind-manure HAUNTER EXPECTATION and then when trick is played MEMORY what gores gags reminds of hope memory expectation twin torturer gods without which now would be the only unbearable the cleft-breasted stallion now a swelling battlefield heap crow-scavenged carcass though it bore chariots into 1,000 slaughters woke that morning hungry lusty primed all former tramplings erased NO GHOSTS OF ITS RAVAGES no man’s death on its soul daylong slaughter machine chewed its quiet oats and slept no matter its wanton murders hoofed splendor white rearing spite that even now I weep for HORSES HAVE SOULS I KNOW IT could not be other than innocent but I Arjuna archer of silver anguish (100-arrows-pierced unleash 10,000 so tight tigers might pad the trajectory so thick no room for light) remember each individual agony EACH STORY young man wife newly on his lips father anxious from a house built soon of wails brother whose death will seed his families’ lives with endless poisons slave with neither choice nor hope far from home yet house-beloved poet terror-mad whose songs won’t help him now champion lifter and boxer whose thousand prizes fall with him one-eyed veteran sung planetwide for famous victories . . .
John Timpane is the Media Editor/Writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer. His work has appeared in Sequoia, The Fox Chase Review, Cleaver, Apiary, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Philadelphia Review of Books, The Rathalla Review, Per Contra, Vocabula Review, and elsewhere. Books include (with Nancy H. Packer) Writing Worth Reading (NY: St. Martin, 1994), It Could Be Verse (Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed, 1995), (with Maureen Watts and the Poetry Center of Cal State San Francisco) Poetry for Dummies, and (with Roland Reisley) Usonia, N.Y.: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright (NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2000), plus a poetry chapbook, Burning Bush (Ontario, Canada: Judith Fitzgerald/Cranberry Tree, 2011). His e-mail band, Car Radio Dog, has just released its second CD, Back to the Bone. He is spouse to Maria-Christina Keller, and they are parents of Pilar and Conor.