All the old things in the world
amount right now to nothing -
until I am here with you, until I
swarm your cloistered heart with
my message of good and doing.
On paper, at least, I am well; your
Bible verses notwithstanding. I
should, as it says in its sections,
live happy and long, with my
last years blessed, and with
sufficient teeth and the
finest of recollections.