the children of Heraclitus

you can never
go back—
a finer comb
now teases
out the kinks and words
you’ve never heard
before will carry you

you’ll catch glimpses
of movement
that cannot be named
as a hand cannot
feel the contours
of an ant—
the little girl
in the jacket of bright
flowers who skips
to the table where
her bagel is waiting

it’s the music
of speech,
of kinship with
the dying,
who neither go slow
nor hurry

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About nosuchthingasastraightline

I grew up in tiny Lyme, New Hampshire, where I drew, roamed the surrounding woods, and first entertained the idea of God while listening to my mom's Beatles records. I studied biology at Harvard University where I wrote for The Harvard Lampoon and also began writing poetry. I have since made a living variously as a comedy screenwriter, teacher, and private tutor in math, science and writing. I’ve released three CDs of original music as the singer-songwriter and guitar player for Crooked Roads (listen to latest tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/crooked-roads). My poetry writing has been inspired by Rumi, Billy Collins, William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings, Antonio Machado, Federico Garcia Lorca, and others. My two books of poetry, "The Morning I Married the Sky," and “Free this Morning” are both available on Amazon.
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