Secret Moves

© Matthew Word Bain

the way this boat
moves around this alley
plays in my mind
like a stop motion film
a restless creature undeterred
by the relentless dryness
of these environs
curious to explore
this new home
its eddies, its coves
its tributaries
and able to do so
without ever
revealing its secret
its ability to move
under its own power
its possession
of agency even on
new terrain