Sometimes you just keep going
Have you ever been thrown so far off path
you can’t see what is back over your shoulder in history?
has a story ever crawled out from your past
ripping you back into its dirt-devil events?
I have held myself on life’s balance beam
with muscles built of blunders and faux pas
I maybe didn't gain showmanship, although I've
stayed upright, inching forward,
until every once in a blue mood, it happens
a wind of memory reaches out, pushes
hard, I feel myself first wobble, then
swing my arms frantically to stay upright
while exhaling in the direction of forgetting
but I lose my rhythm and hyper react
finding my intentions and resolves
cluttered in chaos, and me splat in their midst
and, there’s nothing to do but clean up, sort out,
climb back on the arc of fate until balance flips me off again.
Sharon Mooney, “Sometimes you just keep going, from Roundtable Literary Journal, annual issue, ed. Caitlin Chester & Elizabeth Burton, May 2022, Hopkinsville, KY