feet and houses. bodies, trains, old friends
chatty seatmates, scary losses, sleep
deadlines, daydreams, blurry streaking trends
hours and backpacks, things to maybe keep
old addresses, bookshelves, sunlit dirt
ugly secrets, sudden cramps, old aches
slip-ups. things to trip on. things that hurt
glimmers, mirrors, triumphs. sharp mistakes
dolls, boxed games, old papers. grimy things
poems, tunes, and faces. fighting songs
paths. deep cupboards. root balls. hidden strings
mudcloths, bathrobes, nightgowns, silk sarongs
who draws the pattern in the mute uproar?
who hears the answers that have gone before?