Wednesday, December 09, 2009

A Symptom of Learning

author’s note:

The photo above shows an early attempt to improve my balance.

The pillow attached to the rump has since been discarded.


When we meet
you will know me
by the lightning wound
on my chin

where I’ve struck
time and again--

sleepwalking, but awoken
upon landing.

If you’re wondering
why I keep
falling asleep
when I stand back up...

Well, at the moment
even such a small shift
in atmosphere is enough
to knock me out,
dizzy with spinning--

sometimes I wish
I was still crawling
with eyes shut.

Too late--
I’ve already seen
the better perspective–
I can’t stop seeing.

So don’t fret about
the blue and purple bruise
on my chin.
It’s merely a symptom
of learning.

© 2009, Michael R. Patton
earnest audio
new steps

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