Because of the Times (another poem)

The World Doesn't Spin so Fast

In the morning
We have a cup of coffee
Watch the sun come up or
Drape a blanket over our
Bodies that don’t move so well,
Not so well as they used to,
Not so well as they did when
We were all fire and heart.

Because now the kids are grown and
Time has changed yet again,
Into a stillness full like a constant
Roast and potatoes in the winter
Heating the house
Drifting to us as we arrive
Saying “sit, stay for a spell, eat and be loved.”

That day isn’t tomorrow
Or the next
But a lighted window on a dark night.
I’m wandering toward it
Holding her hand.
Sometimes I pull, sometimes she does.

The world keeps turning
One stroke and the axis roars
God, it spins fast enough to break
All the fragile things we made
A thousand times over

But I’ve got a secret:
I’ve got someone
That makes it so
The world doesn’t spin so fast.

And someday,
When love is forever,
In the morning
We have a cup of coffee
Watch the sun come up.


"I'd take one in the temple
I'd take one for you."
--KoL

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