Aprender

I am learning, step by step

The key to pausing is to hold your breath

The way to jump is by falling real fast,

You can only run if you don’t look back.

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Help!

Ah! I propagate such worthless states
I kindle hearts with eating-haste

I sip the silver lip of eyes
The gourds of flame, of fire and ice

I whirl the spinning and purloin their stares
I whistle and whip up the ferryman’s wares

I catch my breath on the current of thought
And my oil-slick heart bleeds — a lot.