To Willpower

Adam Scheffler

O shrimp whose tinny voice has steered me back
from drunk driving and deep-fried heart attack –

has faced down like a fish-matador, the Whale of
Want you rode once gallomphing through

black & lusty seas – you rarely remember your
myriad defeats at the hands of drugs or booze                      

or bad TV – or, how after a hundred epic fails, you
suddenly stood your ground,

became concentrated fizzy stuff, like a soda can shook up.
On a dark morning, your fierce brow urges me

up and Adam. In general, it’s bad luck to write you
off, your test-tube labeled believe in me or else.