sometimes you survive, moment to moment, on minor modifications.
like unbuttoning the top button until you can make it to the next rest stop,
just around the bend,
in 92 miles.
or turning the safety pin in your purse into a fashionable brooch when your dress rips in the most inconvenient of places.
you’re agile with these adjustments, they solve so simply, such seemingly indomitable problems.
other adaptations are less a matter of survival. less innocent motives are at work.
you’ve learned to alter self before situation, a subtle change of tone or language, a different laugh, a sarcastic smile. who is this you? why the changing of the guard?
to squelch some intangible fear? to quiet an unwelcome quarter the soul?
these are unnecessary mutations – be one you, in every situation.
unless, of course, you really have to pee. then all bets are off.
tiny tweaks can be real game-changers.