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Misgiving

Has anything been left undone


which ought to have been done?

Always
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
following

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.

Nightbus
I dont need
these wagging tongues
thick with nicotine
and sleep

I just want to see


Nebraska

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.