The eager clattering singing wastes my listening 
and I am over 

ready to run breathing the ways the 
sticks invite my wanting 

I want to think in feeling ways the talking thinks 
in moving ways the sticks invite 

thinking answering their questions 
the eager clattering singing does 

always interrupt the sailing play 
the play is the questions the sailing 

is the tears I know the tears 
will overfill ready to become 

a thinking and feeling I am 
ready to become a loving man

From The Wanting Way (Milkweed Editions, 2022) by Adam Wolfond. Copyright © 2022 by Adam Wolfond. Reprinted with the permission of the Permissions Company, LLC on behalf of Milkweed Editions,