On the Floor with You

underneath the stove and fridge
unexplored caves of darkness and metal
a cross country trek to the front room

contours of the carpet sprawl
a new wide country
balled up cat hair
a stalled comet

The undersides of chairs to
The low book shelves with Kurt Vonnegut
collections of Christmas stories

gravity tugging each limb and
the string of drool from your
four tooth mouth
the wobbling motion of the purple marker

coming to rest

land-mine crumbs of pizza
the fallen Cheerio
the tall chair
a mountain in the distance

You’re moving faster every day
soon time, distance, and muscle will compress
the kitchen floor will be a few steps on the
way to the door