Only A Minute

There is something to be said
for saying something
when nothing
no one
comes together
cares
looking from their warm windows
still or embracing
supper cooking
children’s faces clean
I want for you
all of the things I cannot give
names on their mittens
awards on the shelf
It’s only a minute
a flash before the memory is made
a moment wrapped in silver and gold
“It’s exactly what I wanted!”
no one looking from the windows
no one warming their bones
but it’s only a minute
a flash before the memory is gone
walking and standing
and running
are very different things
It’s only a minute.

M.