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an itch somewhere

an itch somewhere - on a cheek,
a breastbone, elbow or thigh

these are places of instigation,
where the orders between

our desires and our futures
break down, where the heart

gets under our skin and a sense
of pain sets in to hopeful avail

everybody has an itch, or ought to
for only the itches and the yielding

to them, to their needs, and the way they careen,
can teach us to care enough for our own hands.
Posted 02/03/12
after Robert Michael Pyle's essay on ditches from "Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland"
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