Day 1,384

As she gathers lilies for a wicker basket
hitched to a bicycle she used

to associate with him, pebbles fall
at her feet. Comfort comes in dreams

of a familiar burden.
These small memory pieces become worry

stones she rubs to release herself
from a desire to live beneath

that boulder again. Grace comes
awkwardly to the shore.

Another Peripatetic Day (Day 2,621)

To be in motion and
at rest over ice, to walk
and talk of the prime 

mover and still not believe is
to be without
property, untaxed, free to choose 

temperance or the end
of grace in fits and starts.

Mississippi Burden

Release me
from these lucid dreams. The more
I try to control the mind
toward a reencounter with you in a garden
level coffee bar, the less 

I know about sleeping
flowers on this bluff
overlooking the confluence
of two rivers. What gets tended
in the dark could grow 

into more than what I believe, a grace
over dogma rising
from sandy soil. I am carrying fear 

in a basket my ancestral women transported
with time on their heads, by turns, to reach the big 

river, to spill
the contents into turbulent waters, 

to no longer believe in
the terror of the flood, the promise
of drought. So far, I am not 

balancing it
on my head, but on my left hip
below the heart. I’m still hoping
you’ll catch my right
to pull me into your current, to take everything 

from me, so I have nothing left
to drop.