I spent all that time
Making poetry about how I was going to be a better listener,
then, I didn’t hear you say you had to be somewhere at 6:00, so if
I wanted to get together to sing or chant, it would have to be early.
Thinking I had all the time in the world,
I finished my work and gave my dog a hair cut.
I went to R. and J.’s thinking you would be there soon.
When you didn’t show up, I was worried.
So, today, I was still thinking about what you said
when you came down from the mountain .
I was still mining it for all its gold
When I saw the thing about 6:00.
The irony struck me