first principles

the thing you know
and propound as fact
whether true or not
is an article of faith
because of your relationship to it
intellectually,
philosophically,
metaphorically,
perceptually
you are slavishly devoted
to the proposition that you’re right
no matter what the truth is
like a teenager
your truth is a gun
you wave around loaded
with the safety off
looking for someone to shoot
and that you happen to fire blanks
or misfire once or twice
is of no concern
because you’ll reload
with whatever ammo is available
and shoot at whatever happens along
just to prove the point
that your position is something you’ll defend
until death
until the sun dies
until the universe crumbles
forever and ever amen
or you change your mind
whichever comes first