I get there early 

For the styes on eyes

The wrinkled clothing 

The stained shirts 

For the clouded glasses 

For the forgotten masks

And instruments 

And music 

For the left water cups

The prolonged stops

In the hallway

For the missed busses 

And the broken bones 

And the accidental accidents 

For the wrong shoes 

And the missing keys 

And the missed beats 

Somehow I get there on time

Mattie Grace Levy

I'm a black woman, a classically trained oboist, a self-taught composer, and an introspective poet trying to comprehend my thoughts.

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