Make not a Statue

make not a statue
of a person in concrete;
in folly I sweat
and dig too deep for answers
to a question incorrectly
phrased, seeking motive
a patchwork thing we
barely glimpse ever shifting
drawing from incident
and inspiration, context,
as uncertain as the possibility
of waking with sour stomach,
but our desire for certainty
amplified by vulnerability
leads us on to analyze
and look for answers
in shadows and patterns,
but yet ask, “What do I want?”
and try to fathom the mystery
of an ever-changing vagueness,
as the reflection in a lake depends
on where I stand
and how the wind blows the water,
realize your mind is ever
seeking to steal your hands’ authority,
ever hesitating at the debate
over the best match of statues,
time slips like a rug beneath you
so many chances for a genuine relation
evaporate along the course
of elaborate diversions,
you work around the edges
of risk in tangential operations,
looking for wins to give assurance
that your statue is a fine match,
trying to augur the judge’s score
before the dance,
but without willingness to try
where can you go
demanding certainty from others
while you hesitate and hover?

Photo by Anastasia Zhenina on

Published by Miles of Mindfulness

My name is Mike Bragg. I'm a Denver-based cycling enthusiast and a big advocate of mindfulness. I enjoy the outdoors, and I use mindfulness practices to help myself be more present with my adventures. I like to read challenging material, and I have a keen interest in ancient history and natural sciences.

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