To be published in The Cape Rock
“A basic resistance to flow measurable by viscometers and rheometers. Also a measure of its resistance to gradual deformation by shear stress or tensile stress.” —Wikipedia, 2017
The viscous fluid of a person can be measured by their decisions
about love, work, and the world. This is done when dying
with a viscometer. Choices to stay or go, choices to listen
or ignore; like the bird still east in coldest January,
optimism is good for viscosity flow, but it’s rarer these days.
It’s a secret known only to certain death attendants.
All are born with the same ability to be agile
but many accumulate thickening agents like depression, rage,
As you get older you might become more fluid
or less so, in which case you are cemented in place in your mind.
In looking around I’m seeing a lot of stuck people.
This time I think it’s fear.