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


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