Wednesday, May 17, 2023


After they've been 
smashed into,

some brick walls
start to look like 
lucky breaks;

to hit a dead-end, 
or slam into 
a cul-de-sac,

in retrospect, 
can feel less like  
a crash 

and more like 
an act of 
extravagant mercy. See,

it's impediments 
like that—

all the slaps, 
rejections, and 
broken hearts—

which tend to hold
the reckless back

just enough 
to keep them safe 

from moving 
so fast they break
their necks.