Hair’s Breadth

Do things get clearer 
as you close distance and approach?

An object in motion remains 
in constant motion.

The line it draws is straight
unless acted on by an unbalanced force.

When cause skews the light 
or the viewfinder 

or the usual schedule?
A boy struggles to disarm

the stranger bent on doing harm.
When you see the future 

it seems such an ordinary moment—
a man hesitates

at the loading platform,
a child's face presses against glass.

Doors whir close then
open, as though they chose 

who should get on,
who gets left behind.

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