Just For Today

Just for today
dig up your death
and allow it passage
into your life

Lean gently into it
like the shoulder
of a stranger
on the subway

All you know
is that most days it waits
without excitement
or fervor

All it knows
is its duty to end
your breath,
and you accept

Best to make peace
or it will show you
the generous length
of its road

The only choice
you really have
is how you treat it
here and now

Don’t tempt it
with your worry
and never complain
about your destinations

It might be possible
to extend your mileage
but  you won’t ever
change its mind.


DeMaris Gaunt



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