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You Hear The Familiar Ching

Under the concrete overpass. The train
Is ready to pull away from the platform.

This is when lowering your weight on the ball
Of your right foot, then leaning into it

To do the same on the left, one hard descent
At a time, becomes something more like falling.

You’re travelling to a job where you barely
Notice your own invisible victories,

So you may not consider how much practice
It’s taken – from when they held celebrations for

Each tiny step made by your tiny self –
To fall so gracefully from NE 60th ave,

And land on your feet without a skinned knee
From the spittle stained concrete below it.

Posted 10/02/14
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