Green Hills Literary Lantern

 

 

The Lazy Epistemologist

 

lives next door to the Answer Man

across the street from Mrs. Take It On Faith

 

having emptied his bath of corrosive skepticism

and watched it whirlpool down the drain

 

he can make anything work now—

cold fusion, intelligent design

 

God is his favorite tool

applied like duct tape to any leaky idea

 

he’s got rust on his pipes

and refuses to sing in the choir

 

none of his words mean anything

to the world as will and idea

 

sex is a pastime for indigents

and no longer any of his business

 

he’s forgotten how he survived childhood

crossing all those Rubicons without the help of allegory

 

he has arrived at the confluence

of Knowing and Not Caring

 

both streams overflowing their banks

flood water in the stadium

 

up to the luxury boxes, he will have

to move further inland

 

even if the storms there are stronger

than the cogito

 

he picks up the coins on his desk

and walks into the rain

 

 

 

 

Lee Rossi’s latest book is Wheelchair Samurai, available from Plain View Press.  Recent poems appear in The Paterson Literary Review and The Chariton Review.  He is a member of the Northern California Book Reviewers and a Contributing Editor to Poetry Flash.