avi sato . be thought . live dreams

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Footsteps

Are you not there
Hidden outside the tacit horizon
Vision incapable quite of reaching your face
Yet I feel your presence within my movement
Trained at your hands
Toward fluidity
No longer a performance
Reality born in an image
You painted of me
More true than myself
Yet I reflect its brushstrokes
And walk its lined paths
By rivers awash with your words

With your soul
I capture the missing sense
Of awe
At each leaf’s unscripted
Fall

I place my toes hesitatingly in marks
Once yours
And find strength there
To stand not still
Breaking from the tradition
I once embodied
Religious duty without the gods
Yet you

Tore me from those
Failures of imagination
Toward unpredicted dreams
Of tomorrows unlike today
Else in their memories of you

(Avi Sato, 2019)