Boxer on the Back Cover
Butterflies fold their wings and die;
a bee defends her hive.
On the back cover,
an advertisement for life's cruelty;
he looks pretty good, for a man in his condition.
Polished and posed,
he is far more blessed than predecessors.
There's a reason for Ragnorak:
Odin in a walker, Thor drooling, and
Freya in powder and cake,
whining about the food in assisted living.