On an afternoon he will not remember
I watched a little boy follow his feet along
the brick walkway, caught in the cracks —
in the mystery of the moss and the
pull of the pattern on his eyes not yet
three feet off the ground. The sun
looked over his shoulder like a friend
as he stooped to touch — to read
between the lines, to see a story
he would find only once and then forget.
I came home to hear the tales of those
who had swum and run and jumped most
all of their lives to get to their golden
moment — one they would never lose:
they stood as if nothing mattered more.
Somewhere between podium and pavement
is where I walk, where I write my story,
sometimes seduced by winner-takes-all
and grateful for those sidewalk afternoons
I can remember for as long as they last.