one-hundred-fifty-nine.

you know what you know because:
someone before you
taught, paved, led, dreamed.
stay humble.

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one-hundred-fifty-seven.

is it still “giving up”
if the choice is made
with good intention?

one-hundred-forty-five.

“on which nights are you restless,
tuned into every toc of the clock
and every scratch of the cat?”

well, on the nights my eyes are closed,
but i can see through the lids
and listen to every crack and creek.
well, on the nights when i can feel
the draft from the vent
like waves from the sea.
well, on the nights when i am laying,
but my brain is moving
on its own two feet.