Dogs 2015

STAIRS TO NOWHERE
(12/14/15)


we start
up the steps
that were laid
before us

carelessly
expecting
the standard
goals

we find
that unless
we focus
upon each
footfall

our destination
may deviate
from the assumed
result

there are
no givens

every breath
is a decision
to continue
the course

or to wander
irretrievably
away
from the norm

the voices
of those above
encourage us
to follow
their examples

we suspect
primarily
to validate
their own efforts

we stop
upon a landing
to listen

looking out
a window
of infinite
possibility

deliberating
whether or not
to jump

to depart
this climb
before
the dizzying height
of conformity
defeats our courage

most of us
continue to spiral
indefinitely
upward

hearing little
of those
who have absconded
from the ascent

poor bastards

we think

as we round
the corner
to begin
yet
another flight