Around the Block


With you
a two-block dog walk
turns into a 90-minute
nature explorative event.

Every bug, stick,
tetherball,
and gutter-abandoned toy
that seems interesting to you
becomes the prime focus
of your obsession.

You wander and flit
and you stop and spin
hair wistfully strewn flashing around
shoulders like broken spaghetti
legs moving and steps falling
with zero calculation.

The world, this city block
your world
where all of life starts and remains
right here, right now
everything else is gone
the rest of this world,
vanished.

And me, as you stop to focus on a
dead wasp being eaten by another
parasitical-looking creature.
Me, so hurried, so nervous, so determined
to get there and there and there
how, why does it take so long

we have so much to do
we have to get…
wait, where?
Where else should I be but here
with you
as your eyes light on the object
of your affection
no time clock wound tight
inside your chest like mine?

What right do I have to
pull you away from it
placing my burdensome, habitual
non-places-to-be
in front of
this.

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This post previously published on Jonas Ellison and is republished with the permission of the author.

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