Simone Biles dances on the beam
and time is waiting for something
Time leans on us, and our actions
are heavy under it. To come
and drink the steeping tea, and talk
or pass the time in myriad.
Years go by in minutes, seconds
flashes of fire along a fuse
a dark cardboard twist to ignite
nothing. The blank air, its thinking,
delays us. And here is the knock
upon glass, at the door. Or bell
ringing out, as Guan Chenchen
stumbles into the Chinese flag.
And truly the most intimate
subjects are the hardest to reign,
to string into a net they cut.
That we balk at the idea
of putting fingers to the keys.
There is so much dead energy
cracking and cascading in us
Oh what a strange day it has been
as the brown sky receives a bronze
as the night wears on, and the night