Yield

what is this urge
to get ahead
my incessant
rush to reach
my destination

on the island
many traffic lights
are still out
from the hurricane
so at these
intersections
people take
turns driving
through

there
there
seems to be
a culture of
yield

even when another
has the right
of way
they let
me go first

which leads
me to do
the same
to look out
for the
other
the car
merging
from out
of the
long grass
where the
iguana
sleeps

here
i feel the old
pull to make
sure i get my
rightful
place in line

until i
take my foot
off the gas
take a deep
breath and
realize again
that what is fair
is not always
the same as
being kind

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