I took the wrong turn –
or missed my turn –
but still reached the bakery,
It’s easy to get all caught up
in structure and technique
when you are writing/reading prose –
but with poetry, anything can happen.
A friend – of a new friend,
and an old friend, and a distant relative,
and a classmate – introduced himself
to me. The world is so small.
You’d better not mess up!
And a homeless man sat at my table,
gathering change for a bus ticket
to Charlotte. I shook his extended hand,
but shushed him –
it was during the poetry reading –
as any good librarian would.
Though I had no change,
I thanked him for his company.
There are plenty of gypsies
and monks – like me – in these hills.
And I am learning to love
their bending, curving, never-ending ways:
they speak to the centripetal forces
already in my soul, and carve
a path of least resistance
through their mountain home.