The sun along the Mediterranean coast
doesn’t reach this far.
Hasn’t for some time
possibly never has, what are the chances?
A complete inversion of the earth’s axis.
Or have we been guilty all along
of being further away than even here,
stepping back when never closer than.
Thankfully there is a paper record
obtainable in duplicate colors
and many stipulatory variations
of why this has to be,
this fear of failing miserably
Colin James has a book of poems, Resisting Probability, from Sagging Meniscus Press. He lives in Massachusetts.