To an Arrogant Young Man
gazing in a forest pool,
on the moss to kiss his mirrored face
drowned in his own image's embrace,
fate befitting such a haughty fool
you rival in cruelty, but who
twenty times more beautiful than you.
The Deed of Gift, Story Line Press,
1998. Reprinted by permission
of the author
and Story Line
Press, Ashland, Oregon.