Boot and Rally

Excuse me, but it seems the sutures
connecting me and my convictions
have finally snapped,
leaving me free to roam
the poorly mapped
pathways of possibility
without an exit strategy.

Brace yourself for the seventh inning stretch,
some disembodied voice commands.
Change the rules if you must,
but remember where you come from.
You come from a land of calm and cold
where accidents occur on average.
No contemporary beverage
is capable of quenching
a thirst as ancient as the one
encompassing your poet’s throat.

And lest a photo opportunity elude you,
keep the image of your lineage
tucked firmly in your breast.

-r. miller

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