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when you walk


when you walk, one foot
in front of the other
pendulum motion
inner ear fluids swirling
trusting the floor won’t move
out from under the next step
like it often did
when you were barefoot
and three feet closer to the ground,
pudgy folds of infant flesh
to cushion the wounds of indignity

when you walk, one foot
poised in mid-air
tracing a sacred path
from here to there
your whole body striking in motion
choreographing a change in position
air molecules parting way for you
a curtain of oxygen, nitrogen
and yesterday’s cigarettes

when you walk, one foot
in front of the other
like it has every right to forage
like it’s safe to go onward
like there isn’t a vector line
already drawn
from an opposing force
plotting out their trajectory
as we splash around the physics
of our mathematical living

when you walk, one foot
coming down hard
on ground that has held men
far greater than you
on ground that has taken its fill of blood
on places built by hands
that reach out for a paycheck
while baby’s crying in the car seat,
still too young to have mastered
the gentle art of knowing
the grave complexities
of when you walk

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2 thoughts on “when you walk

  1. This one was just brilliant the first stanza really pulled me into the poem.

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