is two miles daily in ratty sneakers

the oak with the dead limb
the porch with the tandem swing
neighbor’s schnauzer at the picture window
for sale sign sways under the white post

I turn for home at the hydrant
wind into the collar
soft frayed coat sleeve
patch still holds on the left shoe

tomorrow the gravel lane
with the overhang of trees
and the horse pasture

This is a reprint of work originally published in Dappled Things.

Michael Lyle’s chapbook The Everywhere of Light (Plan B Press) was published in 2018 and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in a variety of journals and magazines. For more about him please visit

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