By Niki Esko

Padre, Mano Po

Conquer your inability to live merely for paint.

merely for sweet flaky bread. merely

for the dusty brown of your own soil.

Conquer your fear of water.

your fear of discovering new places.

of meeting new people.

Conquer your need to avoid strangers

by walking them to church. walking

them to the rivers.

to unmarked graves.