My thoughtful inattention

comes off as disconnection

I know.

It seems like I’m not listening

when it’s only that I’m contemplating.

I’m thinking about what you said

two minutes ago.

Or I look in your eyes

and swear I see

landscapes moving there.

They’re beautiful places, of course I’d like to go there.

And I know,

well I’ve always been told,

that it’s rude to stare.


So I retreat

and start thinking about

the way people speak.

Close proximity

can make some meek

while over distance

they become bold.

Technology grows kids too old,

they say and hear things they are not ready for,

and adults forget consequences

or choose to ignore.

They turn confident,

sometimes cruel,

sometimes thinking they’re cool.

Often it’s too hard

to work out what is truth

and what is meaningless.

These are the things that make me stress.


Then I’m back,

asking what you said,

chastising me

in my head.

Take this with you from now on;

every moment can be learned from.

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