Paused at a Distance

Life rolls forward without ceasing
On train tracks or a gravel road
And sometimes through the wilderness
Guided by environmental accidents

When a great barrier appears
Far off in the distance
The rolling continues
While the mind is arrested

Impending stoppage adds periods to dream sentences
Ending chapters which ought to contain more pages
As the blockage approaches the will is diminished
Subservience to the future imprisons the imagination

Such barriers are immutable, impenetrable
And altogether surmountable if one remembers
To forget the future, to roll forward with eyes closed
Remaking the present's expectation

Play immediately to arrest the stoppage
Trust not the reckless imagination
Neither the sense of rolling nor view of path
Unscripted actor of stage and screen