Semi-Impressive Stunts

When Christine Kachel showed up
at the other end of the blacktop
I quickly asked for my bike back
and raced up the side of the hill.

Maybe she would notice my
semi-impressive stunt
and pine from a distance,
though I think she didn’t notice.

Decades later,
I have finally found someone
who loves me from afar
(as well as up close).

A true companion, she applauds
my semi-impressive stunts.

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Composite

Traversing heart and mind
amidst the myriad minor disasters
there are sentiments pure and divine.

I am a composite
of lamentable pettiness
and astounding nobility.

Each day trying to sift
wheat from chaff,
trying to remember,
trying to understand.