chuck taylor afternoon


    In the middle of a sunny
    Chuck Taylor afternoon, I sit
    in the space between work

    and obligations, hoping
    for time to read and write
    and then the day descended –

    closed in from all sides
    like shrink wrap on a shiny toy
    and I had only a moment

    this moment

    to write away the defeat
    brief lines offering a chance
    to slip away from suffocation

    and slide back into sunshine
    and the promise that this
    is not the only afternoon

    for me and my Chucks.


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