Apartments

by Joanna

So many of us live
In spaces only temporarily claimed
Chunks of pieces of real estate
The value of which fluxes
According to societal will
We choose specific areas
Sometimes
And sometimes
Those areas choose us
Whether it is the air permeating
Or the motion of the traffic
A dwelling that lies
Beneath
Above
Below
In between
Next to
Behind…
Neighbors cross
Come and go with
Trepidation at times
Yet still a smile
A good morning
Acknowledgement
We carve paths on maps
Like rivers flowing
Pulled in directions
By unseen forces
Culminating again and again
Into packing up
Securing worldly goods
To embark on journey’s next leg
With a hand extended
And a wave goodbye
Only to arrive
Somewhere new
Waving to say hello

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