pack, unpack, repack,
roam, return, repeat

i was trained for
transient life
from childhood
from conception

movement is
a survival strategy
i was born into
and born from

i have never
quite known
how to live
any other way

pack, unpack, repack,
roam, return, repeat

repeat, yes, but
not so quickly that
i do not have time to
catch my breath,
to set my home in order,
to see the leaves of
my apple tree unfurl,
to harvest the unruly
mint growing by my door,
to feel time slip quietly
away in warm embraces

repeat, yes, because
i am meant to be
on the move, but always
remembering to savor
all there is to learn
and see and touch
right here

there is time.