Daily Archives: November 30, 2018

Rough Ride

Been a rough ride: all
these broken spokes
in my wheels.

I have blamed myself
for never stopping
to repair, blamed 
myself for letting
myself rattle into
ruin, blamed myself
for how long I denied
that there was anything
wrong —

and only now
that I’m terminally loose
with damage,
starting to fall
finally apart
to the point of 
obsolescence,
only now

do I regret 
not doing my part
to set myself aside
from my damage
and help fix the road
for the next rider,

though I knew well
what had happened,
why it had happened,
and how many of us
it would take to fill the ruts
and potholes
that were designed
specifically

to slow us down,
break us,
and eventually
kill us.