let loose into the water

river ©papa osmubal

river ©papa osmubal

let loose into the water

chris mansell

this is what I think
perhaps you are the river
perhaps I will bathe
my hungry body there

but you do not come
there is an errand, slight,
which takes your time, you will
forget, but remember
when next I see you
“Ah! Sorry!” you’ll say
but it will be undone
washed away by then
and I’ll be cool and
learn the lesson again

but you do come then
you ask me to your house
and I’m pleased, you’re pleased
the day is bright
and you, nervous, talk
talk and talk and talk and
already I’m bored and begin
to notice you – beat back
your uncertain step and
your anxiety to please
doesn’t please I wait
until it’s time
or nearly time
then leave, careful with
myself, let no judgement
show the sun hits the broken
mountain and I go

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