Poetry: Samurai Song

Samu­rai Song
–Robert Pinsky
From Jer­sey Rain

When I had no roof I made
Audac­i­ty my roof. When I had
No sup­per my eyes dined.

When I had no eyes I listened.
When I had no ears I thought.
When I had no thought I waited.

When I had no father I made
Care my father. When I had
No moth­er I embraced order.

When I had no friend I made
Qui­et my friend. When I had no
Ene­my I opposed my body.

When I had no tem­ple I made
My voice my tem­ple. I have
No priest, my tongue is my choir.

When I have no means fortune
Is my means. When I have
Noth­ing, death will be my fortune.

Need is my tac­tic, detachment
Is my strat­e­gy. When I had
No lover I court­ed my sleep.

Cur­rent Mood: 🤔thought­ful
Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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