here’s one already ahead
one who keeps going
don’t wait
to understand / to get the hang of
to gradually stretch whole-heart-wide
here’s one inviting
come on / after / out
feed crows
accept gifts
touch foreheads through computer screens
one showing how-to
jump up / off  / in
you’ve caught a glimpse —
there’s  someone ahead
gentle strong
someone who doesn’t hold out
won’t hold on / or holds with abandon
don’t run / fly 
don’t wheeze / sing
don’t trip / skip
you’ve caught the draft / felt thebreeze
please please / concentrate on joining
free / furious / fun
everyone !

for CAConrad, 1 January 2021

poem & photograph by Jo Mariner