Paul Ilechko
Featured image: Face © Ann Calandro 2019

Let’s talk about how gatherings are forced to happen

as we live in this world of similarities

not just the obvious ones        of face        or skin        or handprint        or appetite        but in this socially connected time of commonality        where knowledge is trust        and proximity is event

grouping and regrouping within our comfort zones

and perhaps you tell me a story        and tell it to a thousand others        to “friends”        and “friends of friends”        or even complete strangers

all of this within your obligation

your groping into comfort

and thus the pattern spins further out        into threads of network        spiderlike in its construction

our lives either open or concealed

our intentions perhaps transparent.