a lifetime to land

it has taken a lifetime
to land in this body i write
and read aloud and
talk about the rhythm of my running shoe’d feet
on gravel/mud
and the unraveling of this inherited tendency
for apologies
stepping away from the mercantile porch
after writer’s group, alyson takes us
on a monarch chrysalis tour
of the courtyard revealing
the black one which means it’s about to burst
maybe today and when i lean in close
i can see through the black stretched chrysalis skin
to the familiar orange/black/white markings
of wings that have not yet fluttered but soon
will know the air it dips and flits through
roller blading joseph says and i laugh
for what feels like five minutes and
fruit boots baigz chimes in
having been called such
by those on skateboards at the park
which makes me want to get a pair
from the water world:

A koala soaked by floodwaters sits atop a fence post to escape the deluge in the town of Stirling in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. – voice of america, day in photos


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