Ship of State


.

I’m on a big boat
(which the nautically savvy
call
ship)

if this ship’s a cocoon of light atmosphere
its steel will float, but it will tip
if its load’s unbalanced—
if its equilibrium is off
it will start to list

if not corrected
it will end a sacrificial goat
sucked to bottom
as Neptune’s universal laws
will have directed
and insist
.
by Jim Culleny
1/13/15

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