by Michael Riedell
For some problems
there’s no gaining perspective.
A ladder won’t do.
Even climbing the stairs
of the tallest building in town
and looking out from the roof would fail.
Falling then from there might seem
a quick and logical step,
though we can see from down here
that really doesn’t make sense.
No, for some problems there’s no
Then it’s all about learning
how to lose.
And how to go on again.
Michael Riedell is a poet, songwriter, and teacher living with his wife in Northern California. The author of The Way of Water (2014) and Small Talk & Long Silences (2016), he was somehow selected to serve as Poet Laureate of Ukiah for 2016-2018."