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"Roof-Sitting"

"Roof-Sitting"
by Christopher Walsh, 7/16/2016-7/26/2016




There's a window. There's part of the roof below it.
Slanted just slightly: enough for care, not enough to be dangerous.
Solid and strong, because hey, it's a roof.
There, then. Leg over the sill, foot on the shingles
(holding onto the frame: balance!)
And the other leg. Done.
Here's a view birds and squirrels get.
Ten or more feet above yard, sidewalk, and road
And a quick trip to that yard, sidewalk or road if not careful
As gravity gets a little more room to pull you.
Respect that, and you earn that view.
Stand with legs wide, or, even better, sit. Maybe lie down.
Enjoy the angle.
Closer to tree branches that maybe the local cats can reach.
Higher above fences and their patterns.
Some sights will be unexpected:
Farther houses (they're THAT close?)
Certain bugs closer to you than normal
Gutter leaves — wait, they're expected.
Maybe some sensations:
Residual heat from a day's worth of absorbing,
Sounds of walking and running inside and below,
A less obstructed breeze.

Make sure you look like you belong there.
Comfortably use this part of your house.
Don't look stuck.
Don't be stuck.
It can be liberating, being Up —
With your sight wider
As your home still cradles you.
This is just a different way.

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