Who Hesitates

You in your universe
me in mine
approach intersections
we shy away from
We speak across
We nearly meet
and never infringe
out in the cold
“comfortably numb”
We hold our breath
greedy and hoping
to maintain borders
But suffocate ourselves

Sometimes we linger
in the chill
near warmer
boundaries
Look backward at
or forward to
outpost campfires
In singular quandaries
move closer toward
the edge of
our event horizon
“The hour is getting late”

Let’s inhale deeply
yes separately
all the air we share
Exhaust and park breezes
These streets
of wounded beauty
and pine forests too
are crossings now
where people can
gratefully intrude

Make plans for
birthdays
comings of age
farewells
the next holiday
a wilderness picnic
a block party
Welcome others
to a feast
of remembering
We make this together

 

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Top photo Oak Street block party NOLA, courtesy Infrogmation; Bottom photo Broome Street block party NYC, courtesy David Packer

 

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13 thoughts on “Who Hesitates

    • Thank you, Christy. People have always planned for better days no matter when or where they’ve lived. The hesitation we sometimes feel trying to cross the bridge of communication with others is often uncomfortable under normal conditions!

  1. I love this. It’s so beautiful and true. I hope everything has been going well with you. I’ve been missing out on your beautiful poetry while staying in my own universe for too long. I’m so glad to see you here. Love to you and Happy Earth Day!

    • Hi Sheila! Thank you, and it’s so lovely to see you again too. You haven’t missed much, since I only recently launched the blog. As you know I greatly enjoyed your wonderful novel, so don’t be a stranger. Keep writing and Happy Earth Day!

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