People Watching

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I didn’t know about the good thoughts you could have,

the useful things you could find

people watching,

things you can carry on the daily journey

around the house, to school,

the stores and back around again.

 

Things seen and swallowed quietly

working a cure maybe

just as good as looking

at recipes and pictures–

warm and bright fried eggs,

chartreuse frosting layer cakes and fish,

silver freshly caught on a line.

 

Cures for the incurable

tension, lament and hardship

of driving the car across the Mississippi,

wondering if you can trust the bridge,

looking for water and seeing someone else

rowing. An adventurer.

 

I already knew about the thoughts

that send tears

to both sides of your heart,

one with words, one without.

I didn’t know about the good thoughts you could have,

the useful things you could find

people watching.

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