The gravel path

A gravel path, raked smooth with straight lines

Each day we rake the gravel paths

making lines, smooth, straight.

The visitors worry. Is it ok to walk on that? They ask.

Go ahead, I tell them, go on.

They step carefully, trying not to disturb the pattern.

Secretly, I’m happy. Mess it up, friends, go ahead.

I know what they’ve forgotten –

it isn’t meant to last.


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