how to approach a year

like a detective
combing for clues
scanning the verges for spent bullet cases
boot prints in soft mud
skid marks of getaway cars

like a wheelwright
working for the perfect
form to lift the weight of expectation
balanced to manage
the potholes of a passing hour

like a lost dog
barking at strangers
alert for the familiar call, the flung stick
dreaming of the glorious
grime of a spring shower

like an embroiderer
grasping the low light
to put the last touch on a gift for a loved one
immersed in the intricacy
awed at the needle’s power

or like an outlaw
glimpsed through the branches
imagining new worlds of justice
thieving the time
and pocketing stars

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