Each Day, an Anniversary

Each Day, an Anniversary May 5, 2020

With each passing year,

the climb turns into a drift:

turn of phrase, turn of pot,

spot of sun, touch of dog.


After all this way,

we wake in what we wanted,

like a painting we used to drive

to see in which we now live.


Like swimmers who tire into 

ease, we are, on good days, 

cradled by the deep.


Thankfully, we have crawled

into the O of ordinary

and found beauty.


We walk our dog, following

the streets that warm in the sun,

share a glass of water, and watch

the cherry blossom bend, one

more year, toward something

no one can see.


A Question to Walk With: Describe a simple detail that carries the essence of a significant relationship in your life. What does this detail represent? Honor this detail by talking about it and its significance to the person it involves.

This excerpt is from my book of poems in progress, Elsewhere.

*Photo Credit: Shutterstock

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