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 a calm
shifty sea

full and vacant as the hole
at the center of a wheel
around which

if it were not
spokes would never spin 
and there’d be nothing
to see

but nada is nothing
we can imagine
or almost
be
 

Jim Culleny
5/22/17