Some of my friends can’t zip
their pants the way I can
It’s not that some have pants
with buttons snaps or strings.
It’s just they can’t and can’t
is a word we use for them.
They are but then again they aren’t
my friends who can’t
zip their pants or tie their shoes
or tie their name to the mirror’s face.
They are the ones who can’t we say
in whispered circles zipping
pants means more today
perhaps much more than yesterday
but it seems the circle stays because
zipping pants today
means so much more than yesterday.