Practice

It happened one day in the 13th year of his commitment.
Standing outside Macy’s, he took a step and found
it landed near the ground, but maybe an eighth of an inch
from actually making contact with the concrete pavement.

When he began working on it, he’d believed he could walk
from one end of Ala Moana Shopping Center to the other,
without touching the ground, and he practiced this every day.
Walking on air is harder to do than you might think.

On this first day of recognizable progress, the adrenaline rush
proved too much for him, however, and this broke his concentration.
His foot fell to earth with a thud, but this was a breakthrough.
Concentration, he believed, was key to walking above the ground.
Without it, you were doomed always to tread like the crowd
from Macy’s to Nordstrom on the concrete pavement.

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