stairs

“I change too quickly:  my today refutes my yesterday. When I ascend I often jump over steps and no step forgives me that.”           
            –Friedrich Nietzsche
I plod up the stairs
take a step up
then sit
before stepping down
again
the step looks familiar
but it’s not
that was the one
from yesterday
today the stairs
still ascend as well
as return to the ground
I too change quickly
so much so
my today and yesterday
implode without
condemnation
nor forgiveness
no tomorrow
to refute that
stepping forward
or stepping back
I still stand
one foot above the other

(February 16, 2014)

Tolerance Resists Control

what you
choose
to do
for you
is perfect
for you
to do
until you
tell me
to do
it too
whether
a straight
behest
or mocking
satire
you need
not explain
yourself
to me
by telling
me
to be
like you

(February 7, 2014)

Definitions

A naïve trust
permeates all
he encounters
outside
of books,
which lend
themselves
like robes
against other’s
bony fingers
prodding him
like  a sacrificial
swan.
Tension ripples
from him
as he wades
through water
neck deep,
his feet
slogging
through
the sucking
ooze.
He pockets
definitions’
stones
offered
from others,
until
he disappears
beneath the weight
into the expectant
waves.

(January 26, 2014)