Change

Change

It’s come to this:

you want it more than money.

 

It isn’t the bed sheets

or the scenery out the kitchen window

 

that need to be replaced

or improved

 

it’s the tired way the mornings begin

before the need for coffee

 

is great enough to pull you to that view

that spreads out like art

 

on a giant canvas.

That gap between the mountains

 

feels like a vacancy

only you can fill,

 

but there it is—

the clock on the wall

 

a reminder

that time doesn’t belong to you

 

that you belong to someone

else’s landscape.

 

Your good health

gives you no excuse to call in sick

 

instead of hiking into the mountains

where the gray stones are as dull and valuable

 

as those nickels that accumulate

in your deepest pockets.

 

DeMaris Gaunt

8-18-12

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