April 22 – #NPM17

There are many reasons — the promise
of water, to offer one example —

but none burns so blood
as the good work of muscles pumping freight
over the earth; as the fact of engine in my knees
and all my lover’s inexplicable flesh
churning wind beside me.

The work of love
becomes its own reason; like the heart’s
relentless feedback loop, which is infinite
until it isn’t; like sweat, being only
(miraculously) itself, and worth it;

like the ocean, having been the ocean
long before we arrived, each wave
newborn and buried at once; like us,
standing breathless at the edge,
astonished by our own lungs.

Franny Choi – “Why We Biked Forty Miles to Narragansett”


Guante – “Ten Responses to the Phrase ‘Man Up'”

Published by Robbie Williford

Writer from Flint, Michigan. Partial but slowly becoming. Educator. Storyteller. Bashful. Paying attention to the quiet.

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