De Profundis

by flammeusgladius

De Profundis

 

 

 

 

(for Cate Harmon)

 

 

 

 

 

The birthday of sophisticated Cate?

My greetings I must polish smooth, not bright—

For crudity’s what Cate’s disposed to hate,

And Cate knows that my own restricted light

Does not reflect much sunshine.  Get it right,

I tell myself, and dark won’t much offend:

Depths, if profound, reveal a sense of height;

With beasts it is a man’s part to contend.

So, Cate, let me admit, as I descend,

That, when I feigned perfection, I was sure

You saw my flaws, of which I know no end,

And excused more than most folks could endure.

What darkness does, indulgence dares outweigh.

Thinking of you just brightens up my day.

 

 

 

 

Happy birthday!

 

 

T.R.

 

24 November 2013