Valhalla

Tapestry

The youthful maiden
toying with the threaded tapestry
of fate with her two sisters
about her, behooved the hero
to take up title and sword.

She said to win himself a place at the table –
the head of the table –
where he could recount the glorious
battle that leads to greatest honor.

“For what is worth the price of life,”
she asked with her palm, cool
against his sunburned cheek,
“If not to be gambled with?”

Fool that he was,
he thought himself in love,
and listened.

Personal Day

Bench

Today, the bench by the Riviera has taken the day off.

It asks that amorous couples keep their hands to themselves
and that birds find some other high ground to roost upon.

Leaves that linger will be swept away by the wind
and any baggage left unclaimed will be checked
by a raccoon guard who works for the odd discarded pretzel.

Today, the bench by the Riviera is not on duty.
Today, the bench by the Riviera has the view to itself.