Niners Jersey

i try to fill
it out but
it isn’t quite

shoulders and chest
and arms not quite
conforming to the
curvature as it drapes
my upper being

somehow the muscles
were more taught
than taut, more tense than
relaxed, more observed
than lived

and the jersey expands
with my breath, filled
with mostly air as it
constricts and expands,
wringing out more questions
and contradictions

and those who wear the
jersey well, whose tendons
tend to matters that cry
out for the listening, oftentimes
without trying

those are the
worthy ones

proving it
with their
mere presence

filling the whole
with the breath
and breadth
of their lives

and wearing
it well

(c) 2016 Tony Robles


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