I Trend Toward Smallness

I Trend Toward Smallness read by Aaron LoPatin

My life had been collecting stones
& washing them in waters

I’ve never been to this place
or to that one

My wish had been to be 
unnerved    before & after:     mountains
march in progress, forward, take
my palms as proof.       

                    I make a list of passerines

                    (it’s horrible containment):

                    the raven, rook, and treepie,

                    magpie, jackdaw, chough,

                                  & jay.

            I count the meal-worms in my toes:

            (smell my breath: salvation).   

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