Except When It Rains

Paul suffered
trapped between a rock
and another rock.

These rocks are hard
and opaque stone—
not metaphorical.

He stepped between them
on a trail
but they closed.

The slot canyon’s teeth
on the apple’s skin
of Paul’s body.

At a geologic pace
Paul might lose enough weight
in a few days to slip away.

The rocks closed on him
quite quickly—energetically—
and may use such speed again

to crush his suffering
being a gentle and humane
slot canyon.

copyright © 2022 Kenneth P. Gurney

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