Shall I embrace the explanation sold
At every corner church or liquor store
Professing to purvey a solid gold
Solution to life's mysteries, and more?
It's tempting to abstain from further thought,
To simply settle down into a rut
And reconcile myself to what I've bought;
In fact, the fortress door remains half-shut
And I must step outside to breathe the air
Upon a starry night, when answers seem
Inadequate to lions in their lair
Or fish that hug the bottom of a stream.
Concealment is the cornerstone of much
We treasure, never to be seen or touched.
©2016 Michael Fraley
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