Boulders within you. Fields,
forests of them looming,
covered in misted moss.
The rules for entering here:
duck them when they’re rolling,
climb them when they’re still.
when you learn
that an old friend unseen for years dies
and you learn that they lived close by
that whole time but you never saw each other
and did not cross paths
though many mutual friends
Is that boulder moving
Your family has forgotten your address
and doesn’t return your calls.
You are eating alone, sitting alone,
to pace the room alone.
How many boulders
are quivering now?
Beyond this field the mountains are rumbling.
People scatter and scream; others
shove prybars into ledges
and chortle as stones come down.
Your field is empty of such doings at the moment
and will likely stay that way as long as you
don’t draw attention to yourself
by stepping out to try and save someone.
Do you climb, do you duck?
Do you step out, or do you lie down
to be crushed like a tossed can?
All the stones of the world
whether placed for worship
or worshipped where they were found
are questions. You are so much smaller
than they are that it seems
there are no grounds from which to answer.
to enter the field in the first place.