The Blessed Life

The radiant lifeguards row their boats
across a smooth and glistening lake.
This could be the image of a blessed life:
floating over the mirror of desire,
going forward to trail a wound, then
to heal the way water flows upon itself.

Professor Bigbrain comes here to look
across the shoreline rocks and dream.
He likes to watch the silent glide of boats
and the silhouettes of those who row.
He sits and learns his rest is not
to understand, but simply to withstand.


Copyright © 2005 Robert Klein Engler

Robert Klein Engler lives in Chicago and New Orleans. More of his work may be found by googling his name. His books are available from