Tagged: steps

after a while, life

after a while, life
overlaps, retraces steps
even to move for-

ward, trips into dna
mutations, finds a way back

a set of stairs – an

we are ninety-three

we are ninety-three
traditions away from under-
standing each other,

sixty excuses from trying,
one yield away from accepting

even in between

even in between
the spans of two steps, forward
or backward, there will

be micro-tears in the muscles,
in time, in relationships

** in the absence of The Daily Post from WordPress, here’s your daily prompt: micro-tears

by day’s end, we are

on days when i have to

on days when i have to
keep my chin up, i do
it, like one of those
chinstrap penguins,
climbing out of the
antarctic, ready to find
anything that resembles
a foothold on those steep
slopes. you are never
ready to hear this, i know
it, by the way you smile
so innocently, try out
jokes to conduct the most
favorable light. i make
the decision for you,
yes, sorry, just like that,
you are not allowed
to comfort me, i keep
my chin up, helmet on, look
for the next solid step

sunday walks across

sunday walks across
the ceiling in sequined
shoes, size two, with
the regular irregularity
of a juvenile dog’s pitter-
patter trailing from
not far behind her
i am barely awake,
listening for a
toddler-sized tumble

here, here, and here are

here, here, and here are
the places upon which we
are meant to stumble –

i will watch my steps, promise
you won’t hold on so tightly

reserve mornings for

reserve mornings for
dancing with
aloneness before
trying out your
steps with
someone else