Standing On One Foot

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I’m standing on one foot
and I’m leaning over
and I’m starting to fall down
and I might

because I just picked up the other
because I’m starting to take a step
and I have to pick up the one
and hold it there a moment
to figure out where to put it next
to try a move in this direction
or maybe that

and I have known
how often it’s not easy
for the regretful steps I’ve made before
the backwards steps before
the going nowhere steps before
and fear for the many I’ll yet regret to come

but it’s not one step that makes me
but all of them together
all of them before
all of them to come
and the sum that keeps me changing

I could make it easier
I could put down the one
I could just stand
or sit
or lie
and sometimes I will
to rest
but not forever

So now I’m ready again
or maybe I’m not
but I’m standing on one foot
because I have to pick up the one
and hold it there a moment
to figure out where to put it next

I’m standing on one foot
and I’m very uncomfortable
and have been so before
a lot
and I wonder when it will get easy
and think maybe it won’t get easy
but hope maybe I will keep learning better how
how to stand on just one foot

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