I plan tomorrow’s move,
journey to my next future.
Boxes climb the walls like tendrils
of overlooked ivy. Roses inch up
the trellis outside
the back door. All this growth
hoeing choke weed,
gardening back bent to the soil.
In later years, curved unable
to straighten. Time whittles
Token whistles sound the call
to let it go. How to say farewell
to Julie, my daughter, whose death
has already changed my future.
Too many holes in its trajectory,
life unseen, dreams unsaid
baffle a different ending.
The past, a galloping horse,
heedless of rutted byways—
Too many goodbyes
circle like eagles flying
from aeries impossible to reach.
Child, you are my galloping horse
frozen to the past.