A COIN IN THE FOUNTAIN
It has been some time since I threw a coin
into a fountain: I worry my wishes might
just come true. The last one was terrifying.
Did you ever wish for men to stop bickering
about how to achieve world peace, love,
and human dignity? The last one who did
got all his loincloths splattered with blood
gushing from gaping bullet wounds that must
have shattered his heart. Gandhi-ji fell.
Before him, another man of peace came
riding into old Jerusalem on a tired donkey,
and rode forsworn into the place of skull
where he promised a craven thief a place
in paradise before he moaned how his people
and his Father have forsaken him. Crucified.
On a good day, like this, on a Good Friday, too,
I look back to the skies, as that man on the tree did,
and see a sun glowing faintly through a penumbra
like a rusty coin at the bottom of a broken fountain,
and whisper a wish as would a perching whippoorwill:
May I find rest today, a little respite from myself,
And wish nothing for the lonely and the restless save
a quiet day humming a hymn of hope on a hammock,
and not the sour wine soaked on a hyssop branch.
—Albert B. Casuga
Prompt: The sun glows faintly through the clouds like a coin at the bottom of a fountain. Three flickers bicker above the springhouse.---Dave Bonta, Morning Porch 04-22-11