“So Many Ways to Live” by Victoria Woolf Bailey

When that moment arrives
(by car, by bus, by daybreak)

We live in it like a house
(condo, apartment, tent down by the river)

Imagining we may see it all again
(later, someday, when the kids are grown)

This moment existing in time
(minutes, hours, the second you were born)

Place
(here, there, the house where you used to live)

On a planet hurling itself through space
(emptiness, brilliant with stars, galaxies)

With us holding on for our very lives
(bored, tired, paying close attention)

to each (spectacular) moment


Victoria Woolf Bailey’s poems have appeared in a number of publications including Still, the Journal, The Heartland Review, Kudzu, and The Single Hound as well as the Motif 3 anthology All the Livelong Day published by MotesBooks. In 2012 she was awarded Honorable Mention in the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning’s Next Great Writers contest. Her first chapbook Dragging Gunter’s Chain was published in 2014 by Finishing Line Press. Cannibalism and the Copenhagen Interpretation: a Love Story is set to be published by Finishing Line Press in 2022.

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