to my left is a prophet on the corner

“life is suffering,” he says

on the opposite corner stands another

“don’t worry. be happy,” he says

surrounded by listeners they chatter on

people on both sides smile at me, beckoning


far down the road is a bridge

in the distance a pier

where a dim boatman awaits

i finger the two coins in my pocket

and walk down the road

7/13/18 LV
Copyright Michael Douglas Scott