As Close as the Gods Will Allow

Gary H. Howard

I wonder why

It is so hard

For us to embrace


To understand deeply

The need for

Pain to be central

To accept the close proximity

Of extinction

We would like to believe

There is more

That strength

Is ours for choosing

But it is the weaknesses

That must carry us

That we must make room for

That make up the machinery of our cells

That are as close to truth

As the gods will allow us