We break up time
not into minutes and hours
but into waitings
and the swift brief passing of the end of waiting
chain reactions of deflation or elation.
Even within the waiting
there are waitings
in the nine months waiting
the milestones passed achieved are only the prelude
to the lifetime of waiting that never ends.
Waiting is longing or dreading
the knot is the same the squirming.
Will he phone will she come?
And the waiting with the cord around the neck—
are they all right?