Transmission from the Wheel

by Aidan Andrew Dun


The saint and the rake
share love
the lover and the poet
share sorrow.

The saint has the
furthest to descend
the poet is closest
to tomorrow.

The rake is
transfigured or falls
the lover’s tongue
sails an ocean.

The sorrow of the
lover is his sin
the laughter of the rake
has a ring.