William Michaelian

Poems, Notes, and Drawings


I raked some leaves that didn’t need raking,

Just to feel my muscles and lungs.

I walked some ground that didn’t need walking,

To see how the sky would respond.

I watched some birds that didn’t need watching,

I ate an orange that didn’t need eating,

I thought a thought that didn’t need thinking,

And the thought thought the same about me.

Then I sat, then I stood, then I looked at the wall.

And the wall looked back at the old man I’ve become.

Both of us laughed. Quite clearly, we were tickled by something,

As if each were a mirror, or maybe a window,

And there were children singing, and dancing, beyond.

January 1, 2022


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