These things and also other things

The clues through which we navigate our world.

The minutiae we’re convinced hints at a great scope of meaning.

The tracks we train ourselves to recognize and follow or eschew.

The complicated algorithms we run to detect patterns that will validate the hypothesis.

The morsels we live off of for fear of poisoning, indigestion, or seeming gluttonous.

The quiet steps we take, careful not to startle the lovely creature that has graced us with its presence.

The roundabout paths and circuitous routes reluctant to reach any destination.

The fears that we cling to as if we could ever guard ourselves from difficult, inconvenient heartbreak.

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