Workaround, a poem by Michael Channing


by Michael Channing

now and then you think
of walking out onto the freeway
steering into the train
what's to fear it won't even hurt
but what if it does
what if it hurts forever

then you consider maybe forever
won't be all that much
you've promised
been promised forever before
and it was over fairly fast

so you declare today
the pain is okay
and will continue to be

Nothing's What You Thought It Would Be

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Chokes and Warbles
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Chokes and Warbles, a collection of essays and poems by Michael Channing

March 5, 2021