For The Time Being

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.

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney

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