the iron pillar
defending those who make
needed societal denunciations (Jeremiah 1:18)?
the iron rod
for guiding the lost, as the word of God, through the mists of darkness (1 Nephi 8:24; 11:25),
for ruling the nations (Revelation 19:15)?
Where is that missing element
so key to strengthening and stabilizing
the periodically turning tables
of our atomizing culture?
Has it been too much alloyed
or clouded by some ignoble gas?
Has it not Fe-
to give this fainting nation's
blood its smell and color back?
to give its spinning compass
to imbue its morally diaspora-ed people
with magnetoreception enough
to find its way home?
They don't even see
the destruction ahead.
And isn't that dramatically iron-