Michael R. Burch
The Whole of Wit
If brevity is the soul of wit
then brevity and levity
are the whole of it.
for the Religious Right
Life's saving graces are love, pleasure, laughter
(wisdom, it seems, is for the Hereafter).
You came to me as rain breaks on the desert
when every flower springs to life at once,
but joy is an illusion to the expert:
the Bedouin has learned how not to want.
Michael R. Burch's poetry has been translated into Czech, Farsi, Gjuha Shqipe, Italian, Macedonian, Russian, Turkish and Vietnamese. His poems, essays, articles and letters have appeared more than 1,700 times in publications around the globe, including TIME, USA Today, The Hindu, Kritya, Gostinaya, Sonnetto Poesia, Light, The Lyric, Measure, Unlikely Stories and Writer's Digest-The Year's Best Writing. He also edits and publishes www.thehypertexts.com.