I don’t want fun. Fun’s
for the done, the no more
joy in the work
so let’s cut and run bunch.
I do want joy. Joy’s different —
a place at once inside
and outside self. A light over all,
warming from within, a change
to air itself. Fun blows though
like a boat cutting calm apart.
Joy is the lake itself
before, during, and after;
even when disrupted, even
under attack, joy holds up. I could
sink into that. I could drown
in joy for real. Death in joy? Perfect,
normal, natural. There are those
who would disagree, would say pain
negates joy, death its ultimate enemy —
no. If I fall before the bullets
I won’t be having fun, but closing my eyes
on the site of struggle, shutting down
at the end of a battle knowing others
will fight on? What joy in that!