Social Isolation: Day 29

The quiet today
deepens into a nothing
that has substance,
 
as when inattention
brought me once
face to face with a buffalo
in the Badlands,
 
or when I stared into my baby’s eyes
that first day we were alone.
 
Something was supposed
to change today.
The fact that I can’t
make the phone ring
still surprises me.
A muscular quiet,
older than my will or witchcraft,
is in charge.
I must just meet it
while it takes my measure.
 
 
S. Robbins, April 15, 2020

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