what a poem can do

not a story
with a simple plot
laid out precisely
with all markers clear
nor any plot
for that matter
nor symbol
as a guiding star
across the desert
of your life
but yes always
metaphor
to move you
even just a little
from complacency
to leverage you
from your broken thoughts
to translate you
like a transubstantiation
into a new world
perhaps
if you’re lucky
enough
to cause
a shift
so miniscule
as to derail
your destiny
as it were
unremarked
for years
and years
until
it arrives
too late
to change
and you
are no longer
there
(August 9, 2013)

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