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Duration
by Christopher Walsh, 5/4/2020




Paused.
Oddly paused.
Paaaaaauuuuuused:
Raggedly wrapped in waiting and wondering and worrying
With more waiting
And more worrying
And (still, still) hoping,
Where possible (while still paused),
For the good, post-pause:
Post-pause improved odds
Bearable, manageable post-pause flaws
The sound of relieved post-pause hurrahs
And greetings — more than nods.
But, meanwhile, still, still: paused.

* * *

We are not paused in loss.
The world never is.
And, along with this,
The pause hasn't ended frauds
(Or clods)
That saw at, wound and break our common cause.
I feel I hear their imagined sarcastic guffaws
And want to yell at and command back, "Pause!"

* * *

While in this time which is raw
Stretched-out, slowed-down, paused
— paused —
There's more room, maddeningly, for unpaused thoughts
The what-now and the what-else and the what-more and the is-this-enough and, and, and
(AND, AND, AND)
...wait. Breathe.
I can afford this pause.
A breath is a good kind of pause.
The chance to find the fuel to reach
The time which follows
This pause.


© Christopher Walsh, 2020. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Christopher Walsh (chris_walsh) with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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