another deep breath
there seem to be many lately
and it’s onward and through
rather than back and around
can’t get fixated on a number
it doesn’t tell much of what’s behind
just some years of learning
and touching and tasting
forgetting and trying
and taking and exploding
courting and counting
and feeling
the vague notion of mattering
eclipses what we were told
of the unreal or magical
quotes from dead people
we’re supposed to understand
stand like grave markers
cold and rough and obscene
moving dervishly feels right and true
the deep breath
holds what’s needed

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