Ohrmann Museum & Gallery

Carpetbagger


 
Those who write sorrow on the earth,
who are they?

Whose erased beginnings still
control us-sentence
by sentence and phrase by phrase,

their cryptic notations vanish,
are written again
by the same elected hand.

Who are they?

Agents and clerks, masters
of sprawl-
playful men who traffic in pain.

                           John Haines