you walk the same streets
that you have walked since you were a kid
the memories and the stories of your life
are everywhere, the sidewalks all have
cracks in them now, students have come
and gone from the high school where
you learned to swim and first went off
the high dive, and then there was the night
when you rode your big wheel home from
a friend's house, and it was dark, and
you were scared
the trees are all larger now
their canopies arch over the sidewalk
and the road and the homes, it all
looks vintage now, having been born
in another century, another time
after the second world war
you've had so many adventures
but have you really gone that far?
what have you learned?
how have you changed?
how have the steps of your life
there is this new openness
in your heart, a new relaxed energy
flowing in your belly, an exhaustion
from having fought the world for
so long, wanting to make it
it is a relief
like a cool breeze
to have love coming into you now
why not let the world be?
why not let others be?
a much better way