a right lineage

it’s a noble age
not Shakespeare’s
or Sophocle’s

but we’re weighted
with opportunity
for heroism, bravado
& modesty

putting my children to bed
does not command
the language of ideals
of conflict
& resolution

the lines aren’t tragic
or epic
& don’t go very far

they start where they are
& go no further
than the love that’s there

the hard work of the day
is a contentment
softens anxiety
which is something

& it can be said
in a kind way.

Published in Takahe, April 2010.