My for the time being
is unlike other people’s.
A trumpet vine grows around it
and humming birds visit regularly.
Printed on it is a freshness date
and a lot number.
It carts around a wooden collection plate
for contributions to future conversation.
Sometimes I make the mistake
of offering an expired for the time being
and I spot our ghosts
at their hours and locations
as if looking through a keyhole
in the door of time.
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