17 December 2010

Not Leaving

Not Leaving

not leaving
no – momentarily ceding an unclear view
of where the gridlock ends

aware of constraint plaintively
animated in misconceptions of departure
without actual separation

confused for a destination maybe, or
seeking the refuge of circumstance
to rationalize the ride

but you’re really leaving – it’s more in
an air of a grievance than surrendering
to a wave goodbye

and there’s a hollow feeling that
they’re right not recognising a change
which may never happen – until you arrive
© 19 October 2010, I. D. Carswell