Almost

In all cases, the goal is to move past literal life into the imagination
to render the almost—to express the mysterious ambiguity that is
more deeply life.  
—Nicholas Dawidoff, writer


yesterday
I walked
the lawn

of our yard
with a grandson

who toddled beside
in a state
almost

of disequilibrium
but he tended

his balance
and stayed upright
and the

walk we walked
was
almost

something else
that would become

when he’d walk
with his own grandson

if his days were
almost
like mine
almost

as lucky
restless
as fruitful
void
almost

happy as a calm
full as an empty cup

vacant as the hole
at the center of a wheel

around which
if it were not
spokes would never spin

and nothing would be

but no,
nada

is nothing
we can imagine

nor bear nor
almost
be

Jim Culleny
5/22/17

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