Seesaw (California / Ohio)

I wanted to be a wayward lasso,
to toss and be tossed.

Racetrack for the rainy season.

Grieve not the slobbering mouth
of distance. I wanted a different

chance. Someone else,
or no one– there, entwined,

I’m sorry. You said there
was a way to make long

distance work and I was
no one in return but another.

Already, then, I was
galloping to the dark place

of convincing the pavement’s
otherwise steadiness. Did not

wish an earthquake to settle
my legs with falling,

so eager was I
to forget the other path.


(originally published in The Wax Paper, Spring 2020)

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