You are a leaf caught in an eddy
All motion and no progression
Spun around in a sickening swirl that leads to
You are a boot lodged in quicksand
Your owner and twin have escaped
The vicious vacuum, running away while you remain
You are an astronaut lost in space
Cut loose from any anchor,
Adrift in a cold that doesn’t care and leaves you
Have you ever stood still on a street in November
While the leaves rush past you,
Smacking against your legs as they dance
In the wind that is never strong enough to pick you up?
Have you ever stood still as a wave crests,
The carpet of sand yanked out from beneath your feet,
Letting the wall of water smash around you
Before it scurries up the shore without a backward glance?
Have you ever stood still in a crowd in some big city,
All these voices of all these people with all these plans,
A hurricane of progress and passion perfecting all of the world’s problems,
And here you are, in the eye, passive and purposeless?
Have you ever stood still?
Have you ever felt like the whole world is moving but you?
Like you could invent your own laws of motion—
As everyone else speeds up, I slow down.
Have you ever felt like a character in a bad dream?
The one where your sneakers are glued to the street
And the bad guy is coming and you want to run
And everyone else is running
If an external force
Is what it takes
To make mass move
Save me from
This massive mess
And set me speeding
Because I have not
Stayed in rest,
I have been stuck there
And, oh God,
I want my velocity
To be greater than zero