The Longest Walk

Today,
I walked the longest walk.
Past empty houses with dust coated windows,
I found a sense I thought had gone.
Saw stray cats straying,
and stray dogs waiting,
staying for a man who’s gone.
And vacant voices beat in time
tidying the lines
of street lamps
with flickering fluorescents
and dirt stained tiles.
I walked over concrete hills
and felt my heart fall as my feet fell,
toes tumbling over,
finding balance only a while.
And though my hands
quietly resting,
I shook inside
unbound.
So many times time stopped me,
Imprisoning me on ground.
But still I walked,
and walk I shall
the straight road
devoid of sound.

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