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Mind the Gap

Be careful of the thing
that doesn't exist.
That's the way of it:
Try attending to the loss
of the thing you couldn't lose
because it never was.
Vacuum within a vacuum -
How impractical.

To avoid tripping
when getting off the train
at a high level platform:
mind the gap.

--

The voice of authority
renders the request -
but it's an order.
Don't fall 
for the vacancy
an emptiness
(but not emptiness?)

Don't get hurt.

And, in the process of caring
so much for nothing -
of tending to what amounts
to nothing in the end...
tripping up.

Staying there
remaining upright,
it sometimes feels like the 
most painful stance of all.

Falls tend not to happen when 
they're least expected.
They happen when stopping,
or embarking,
or leaving, 
or all of the above.

Do whatever it takes 
not to get hurt.

Now the foundational fabric 
rips apart at the seams
while avoiding tripping
at the high level platform. 
A favorite slip
(skirting the issue, a peculiar talent)
might not be worth repairing or
perhaps it's damage, irreparable.
It's not visible, 
so why such shame? 

We don't know
what we don't know.
Undetected -- yet still.

How the gap has
(sew its seams!)
a mind
of its own.



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