JASON REYNOLDS

writin' and whatnot

Day 27 of 30

INSTINCT From childbirth we grip instinctively with as much might as possible to anything that crosses the threshold of our palms

to anything that is holdable to anything that is warm

and as adults our hands have grown strong enough to grip exhaust pipes

and we do

let the smoke blow in our faces be burned and dragged by fishtailing vehicles prepare for whatever unaccidental accidents are coming

because even exhausted

holding on to that which is holdable that which is warm

feels far more natural than letting go