mend the hole

Loving feels lovely in a violent world,
—first line in “Community”, Marge Piercy

Wisconsin, Photo by Kenneth Josephson, 1979

I relished pleasures of the mind and the flesh equally.
—Marge Piercy, Sleeping with Cats

mind that gap
somebody must know
the biochemical difference
between fear and excitement
that moment
trees with new leaves
look fresh next to those
who keep their looks all year round
same view, thoughts recycled
blandly overstimulated
40 more hours squeezed
into future dollars
performing “ordinary life”
(overheard on morning NPR)
all of this so-called-living
     still
to be cherished

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