No more my splintered heart and maddened hand were turned against the wolfish world.

—Herman Melville

All types of little faces,
the faces are everywhere,
the way every imperceptible

atom means a face, and all
sub-atomics, faces, faces filling
arenas, fixed on warm, lighted

centers: just where your dead
and mine ought to sit: in one stadium
they watch and interpret, applaud

each among us our obvious ends,
and applaud us and flak
our backs as we pattern into them and watch

the rest: formless heroes, living
daily against their deaths, balling
modest hope: one wolf: chained let it

pace, hackle and whimper, all through
rage and rising water; apologize
like an angry god; it cannot leave.