and everyone would become someone in order
to become nothing and then everything
but noone could understand why it was taking so long
i mean when the frequencies rose like that
there wasn’t really much choice:
relax and check in
or go stiff and check out
both worked in the long run
but the ones – most of us – who checked out
were going to have to start over
new flesh, new fur, new teeth grinding up through new gums
struggling out from new mothers
tearing biting kicking
bloodied, battered into new days
having forgotten everything we’d ever learned
and so with new eyes with new resolve
begin again the journey – the only journey –
back into the heart

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