Small stone 1-19-12

A short trip out
and the return
turns into a test
stopped by a train
at every artery
sit still and wait
knowing it’s the fastest route
or foolishly try to go around it
no way over
no way under
the skulking iron beast stops
STOPS on the tracks
for the love of god
I itch to move
so drive in pointless circles
and half-arcs
being brought to a stop each time anyway
in feats of geometric futility
my effort to condense fixed time
only protracts it
a minute is a minute
no matter how you spend it
on this path
there’s only one way home

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