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Has anything been left undone

which ought to have been done?

there is the custodian
to sweep up after
and before

We can look forward

without a speck of dust

We can look back

without a trail of dust

We can leave
without a trace

without a witness
at once

We cannot leave
without looking both ways

We cannot look both ways

at once.

I dont need
these wagging tongues
thick with nicotine
and sleep

I just want to see


And when the lights go out

and its 3:00 am

the sleepers off in Omaha

or Akron

then Id have sails

for windows

and stars above the wheels.