this is a collection of words
with broken hips.
it sits in front of you
it is trying to rise and greet
you and the day but has been stuck
waiting for revisions
for what has felt like forever.
it is uncomfortable with how much
you expect it to fly
when it eventually does rise,
changed, to its feet.
you are eager for it to take flight,
but that is not its nature.
it would prefer to stay close
to the ground. it longs for you
to stay with it and peer into
the dirt around the roots of grasses,
all the kinds of grasses. it wants to
be anything but one of those poems
that soars high above all.
its bones have been unknit for so long
it has learned to just be here,
close to the ground.
all it wants is to get out of the chair
and take a knee and stare into the earth
around grass roots, learn the names
of what grows there, and help you do the same.