Remember that one time when you walked
absently along familiar longitudes and latitudes
of sidewalk, street and lawn which seemed
as amply unsurprising as the air you breathed,
unvexed by any of the mild requirements
(don’t forget those art supplies, and paper
towels, select-a-size) your habits’ rhythms
could be counted on to bring; and suddenly
five words construed themselves out of the air
and stripped you bare: What do I do next?
Why were you more joyfully amazed bythis unasked-for question than perplexed?