In some versions of the story you are a lizard
trying to escape the suck of a prehistoric mud pit,
but I remember you best
as a brightly colored bird or man
holding on to regrets.
Run faster! all the children say
to the lizard
while they chase him with forks.
At least, I know you felt that way.
I think you should allow yourself an easy sleep
Whenever I tell the story,
I say you did as well as you possibly could have.