by Marisa Siegel

Asymmetric abnormality of gait
(How important symmetry is)
In severe cases a refusal to walk
(Foot not finding floor)

A response to pain, protection
(Why I fly in the face of)
A body in crisis
(Is never comfortable)

Stutter in each step leaving
(An opening, an exhaled sigh)
Stumbling and steadying
(Nothing literal happening here)