Thataway. Farther. Further.
Keep walking. Yup, that’s it, keep going.
You know the territory here.
Are you concerned. It concerns you,
this place fits so snug into what
you expected. How to experience this
gridlock of verb tenses, hindsight
yanking on the needle of your compass.
Keep going, pass the post office,
past it. You passed it, actually, about a mile
or twenty back. I didn’t tell you
at the time. Because I didn’t want to hurt
your feelings. You are doing such a fine
job of navigating. I can’t take over for you
now, but I will help. You’re getting
warmer. Warmer. Hot. Hotter, hotter, burning,
excruciating solar heat. Whoops,
there go your wings. Melting. Burning. On fire.