My Name is Asher Lev

 

I realize now

the promise of glory is

endless applauses

and cheers heart felt

 

not droplets of wisdom

or glimpses of heaven

brought back and then spoken

in song.

 

But ego’d indulgence

daydreams of talent

respect that is given

unearned

 

the wrinkles of pain

without spillage of blood,

is a suicide wound

inflicted

with a rubber knife