Happy Birthday, Leopold Staff
(November 14, 1878 - May 31, 1957)
All that glitter-love, when times were best,
was best ignored... just the shit-soiled
pajamas of the Ubermensch.
Silver cigarette case, wooden Franciscan crucifix,
half-starved children selling bathroom tile
lifted from bombed-out buildings.
An undulating purple dusk over Poland....
The cozy Marxist surfaces tarping brick rubble...
At least you sang on a chill evening.