We haven’t seen the best of each other in years
huddled together in our comfortable gatherings
afraid to reach out into that formidable darkness
willing only to accept the thoughts
that felt organic within our minds.
Giving pause to anything that might feel foreign
in a shifting paradigm
letting fear dictate our hand
play a reaction
force a climax
that never was much more than a thought
to its knees.
And here we find ourselves
committed to some prior engagement
shuffling feet along cobblestones
and listening to the rustle
of the passing wind.