hummingbird chance

held to this, neatly, as underwater
or caged–probed with sticks.
held to this, as if printed into
granite.
held to this, as the first sunlight
comes through the blinds and
your shoes wait for
you.
held to this, through the symphonies
and the traffic,
through the wash of the hours.
held to this, through the seasons
and the voices and the barking of
the dogs.
held to this, held to this
as the beaceball bounces
as the airliners crash
as you decide whether to put on
shoes
black or brown.
held to this, as you walk, as you
talk, as you sleep.
held to this, as the suicides suicide,
as the nursing homes burn,
held to this, held to this, held to
this, as the cat plays death with the
mouse
we move through it or think about
it or don’t think about it,
held to this,
the sun freezes in our center,
we kick, we wiggle, we make small
choices or they are made for
us,
held to this, held to this, held to
this,
held.