Have you seen anything real lately?
Go ahead, give it a try
Muster up some courage
dare to take a peek outside your skull
and see what’s really there
Try to get a handle on something…anything.
Like mist, it passes through your fingers
leaving only a cold and damp suggestion
that anything really was
Or was it?
A world made of concrete and steel
nothing is really solid enough to put your hands on
But maybe it’s best that way.
After all, if you did grab something
would you be brave enough to look It in the eye?
Instead, give up
Admit that it is not to be grabbed
or studied with the hands
anymore than the line between this
is to be drawn with a straight edge
and a number 2 pencil.
My brother, Bill Gerth, wrote this poem when he was in college at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. I found it today on a piece of paper in a pile of miscellaneous stuff I was going through. Thank goodness I rescued it! It was formatted differently (indentations, etc.), but I couldn’t make WordPress do it correctly.
Photo credit for featured image on home page: Carolyn Tiry, via flickr, CC