2014.07.05 Beauty and Truth

Write a novel, Vee tells me, and I say,

Aren't there enough lies in the world?

I'm thinking of the great works of fiction,

great in the sense of big, like the Warren Report,

the 9/11 Commission Report, and

the daily news

but she is thinking of broader horizons,

the ones we use to keep from thinking about

death and destruction, the world of the imagination,

God, as some would have it, but I'm too stupid

to understand the poetics of a Wallace Stevens,

unfortunately, just too stupid, so I keep wondering,

is there something between

truth and beauty, or are they

really the same?

If so, I may have missed the boat.