Wide as imagination
this moment of living.
Think of it as a twisting

road edging the glory
of a mountain river
in spring, charging

ahead, melt full, singing
just for you. Unless,
of course, you’re

lying bullet-riddled
dead on a howling
plain of war, sobbing

debt sunk in the bath-
room of a foreclosed
shack or being dragged

out of your car by the
hard hands of a glee-
fully merciless cop.

Then it’s as narrow
as a burning fuse
this moment of living.

Paul Lojeski's poetry has appeared in journals and online. He’s also the author of the satiric novel, The Reverend Jimmy Pup. He lives with his wife and daughter in Port Jefferson, NY. Read other articles by Paul.