Ein Parable

 [Poetry], The Cabana at the Equator  Comments Off on Ein Parable
Aug 262011
 
  
Up from the coral came, loud and lost, disguised, 
The boiled apparition of a one-time man; 
His pockets bristled brine; an oyster clipped his nose,
Pearless. The ocean offered him, we 
Could not deny the gift, without endangerment; without 
He had the outer aspect of a tardy sacrifice. 

The closed committee of our welfare 
Immediately convened. They sought, they said, 
The last abolishment of will for justice's sake. 
The man hobbled off, in winsome chains, 
To the hanging place, 
Dragging upright flippers of glinting gold.