Green Hills Literary Lantern




The Show



The parable of a dreaming king

who condemns (on unspecified grounds)

someone he doesn’t see,

then is told “Thou art the man,”

has been used often (most effectively

by Borges about the Germans). But what if

there’s someone on a platform

who’s good, who’s distributing

blessings, money, food,

wisdom, small electric cars,

mini solar panels, healing

(it’s so hard to imagine what’s good),

with both hands, with his whole heart,

beyond exhaustion but with energy

coming from generosity

itself? While in the audience

you snicker, carp, yell

that the robes are tasteless, the lighting tacky,

the miracles a fraud (and explain how

they work), till you realize

it’s you up there and that at every moment

he hears you and that’s all he hears.





Frederick Pollack is author of two book-length narrative poems, The Adventure and Happiness (Story Line Press), and two collections, A Poverty of Words (Prolific Press, 2015) and Landscape with Mutant (Smokestack Books, UK, 2018). Many other poems appear in print and online journals. Pollack lives in Washington, DC.