Keeping Things Whole
        -- Mark Strand

In a field
I am the absence
of field.
This is
always the case.
Wherever I am
I am what is missing.

When I walk
I part the air
and always
the air moves in   
to fill the spaces
where my body’s been.

We all have reasons
for moving.
I move
to keep things whole.

We All Have Reasons / for Moving

Often, I do it 
wherever I am
becomes, as a result, 
unpleasant; thus

I attempt to inhabit
someone else's
space. Un-
fortunately, though,

wherever I go
there I am, 
and so I must find
another place 
to be, 
etcetera and so forth
ad nauseam.

Suggested soundtrack: Anything by The National.

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