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. . .
…………………………………………………………….. —Nicholas Dawidoff, writer


 …………………………………………………………………….  

yesterday
I walked 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 which would become 
when he’d walk with 
his grandson —if his days 
were almost
like mine

almost
as lucky,
restless,
fruitful,
void

almost

happy as calm
but shifty sea

full/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 nada is nothing
we can imagine, bear
or almost be

 

Jim Culleny
5/22/17

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