by Lois Bassen
Resist the tyrant,
Nurse the unwholesome and help
to safety those desperate for asylum.
Speak simply, quickly, and in whispers
as though overheard by an informant.
Copy down artlessly the dying words of saints
and carry their messages at personal risk to able translators.
Remember the names of ten thousand ghosts
and feel their hands move through yours to open doors for each of them.
Sleep only to dream.
Praise explorers and those who seek cures.
for it created the great metaphor, Money.
cast in silence,
the setting of your stone.