On Free Will

And I have a choice:
to back away or to turn
my back and walk away.

From what? I can’t remember.

Towards the pachysandra peeking out
from its fur coat of snow. I think
that’s where I’m going. I know I prefer
this wasteland, which changes, to the garden of paralyzed
paradise I came from.

What a wasteland.

And what a word. You know,
for years I kept the shades down, though I wanted
to see out.

Though I wanted to see out
(The pines. The hawk in circles in the sky.)
I didn’t want anyone looking in at the mess

of old poems- too big for any trashcan-
all over the floor. As if everybody didn’t know
they were there, anyway. (They did because I told them.)

Disguised or otherwise,

this life is a blessing. Even now
my God looks nothing like me.
This poem must end


Todays poetry contest submission was written by Molly Kirschner.


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