Steady Rhythms

Stepping into the Nearest Inspiration
by Richard King Perkins II
The paths I walk tonight are serene,
like the flight of a ring-tail harrier on rising air currents.
An impish moon cavorts with clouds
pushed across a sumptuous ink-blue sky.
A small town school is so soundless
in contrast to the day’s flurry
that each morning is the beginning of a small revival.
At the edge of an industrial park,
across its concrete promenades, I continue,
past a small spread of mulberry trees
to where fields are engaged as nature’s wild mechanism.
Tiptoeing along the low river,
all I’ll need is a small raft and a little luck,
and by tomorrow, I’ll be beachcombing on the ocean’s shore.
Walking is the most ancient form of expression—
my feet independently rise and descend,
rise and descend,
in a continuous, unbridled rhythm,
never certain of where I intend to go
but always taking me where I need to be.
Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee and was a recent finalist in The Rash Awards, Sharkpack Alchemy, Writer’s Digest and Bacopa Literary Review poetry contests.

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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. He is a Best of the Net and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Scott's poetry books include: Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2016), Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016), and Poison in Paradise (Alien Buddha Press, 2017). Scott serves as an editor for The Peregrine Muse, Happy Hour Hallelujah, and Novelmasters.

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