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A lifetime of patience

Observation

is not just

remarking

on a thing noticed


It’s the process

of careful

and patient

inspection

 

What an exercise

to step outside ourselves

to analyze 

how badly we hurt

the most vulnerable

and precious parts

and as a

separate exercise

how much

we are hurt

by them

 

I wish

I had been loved

in a way that

was the opposite

of what it was


Naming it

would minimize

how it felt

to crawl out

of my own skin

and find a new

kind of shelter

even more

ramshackle

than the one

the stubborn nail

bent into misuse

and sanded deep

into the wood

was part of

 

I need some

quiet space

so I don’t keep

drowning

in the excitement

of these cities


So I can tolerate

how loud it is

to be in public

and accept

there will never

be affordable houses

by the lake

Posted 03/15/18
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03/16/18 9:54am