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July 25, 2018

today was full to bursting, the way
blackberries blimp out on the vine.
whatever else i got wrong in life, i've
this right: i wake up on my own time.
the sun was hot, it was a struggle, but
i solved some problems then knocked
off early to crew on a neighbor's boat.
life is good, right? not least because
i've learned to lick my fears and wipe
my lips with a feeling of satisfaction.
carpentry and sailing intimidated me
until i gave them a try. there's always
more to learn but there's no quicker
way than by owning mistakes. i know
i don't know--that makes it all alright.
i'm a big dumb funnel, ear to the wall,
      open, listening, ready to crumble.