It stirs and rises
climbs the stairs
pours the coffee
lights the smoke.

Stares at what’s there
looking for what isn’t
accompanied by some
silent score or not.
It waits, seasons do
not change but settle.
Time flows past
to where nobody knows.

Bruce Taylor’s work appeared previously in The RavensPerch as well as in as Able Muse, The American Poetry Journal, The Chicago Review, The Cortland Review, The Nation, The New York Quarterly, Poetry, Rattle, and on the Writer’s Almanac .