Poem 1977 (2)

Living things move

A word for movement
by living things
when we walk along the street
called “locomotion.”
For parts released into action
or confined within their orbit
in blurs of gesture
like a “do this”
trapping us when we move
as living things.

There is another distinction:
muscles themselves
going into contraction
which causes motion
so we move in reaction
that shows as our distinctive action
shaping the locomotion.
This word for movement
by living things.

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