You can cruise along for months
if not years
through the peaceful landscape
of your daily life—
greeting your loved one
in the morning,
touching them in loving
and affectionate ways,
talking and laughing easily for miles
and miles until something breaks
in the system. It’s the engine.
Some tangle in the gears.
And all those years
of being well oiled and greased
have not welded into you
any inkling of how to reassemble
all the parts just right
so you can get back on the road
and arrive safely back at home.