The Leader’s Wrongness

by John Nyman

The stone again,
the stone’s softness

blooming again
on your finger. A foot’s

cool softness when
it missteps, then

the leader again,
the leader’s wrongness,

cool, abusive.
Students blooming,

learners giving up
the essence. Flesh

again, not much.
The knock of foot’s

finger on curves
of curb—the stone

again, and soft
as blooming flesh.

— from Juniper Volume 2, Issue 2