Lines West: Prepare Yourself

Prepare Yourself

I wish that breakfast-time could last all day.

Not the breakfast, though mine always pleases—

I make good omelets, rich café au lait,

Fresh juice, dense bread, salt meat, intriguing cheeses—

I mean the time itself, that hour when light

Is filtering through the aspen grove I’ve seen

Slowly mature for twenty years then some,

Both light and trees diverging from the mean

Into the day this day must now become.

But it doesn’t. It can’t last. It can’t.

That’s just not how things work. The sun each hour

Ascends and beckons, a carnivorous plant

That masquerades as a sweet-smelling flower.

Here it comes. Prepare yourself. This life

Requires more of us than a butter knife.

— David J. Rothman

                  recently recognized as

                  Poet Laureate of the Western Slope, CO


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