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A Wary Daredevil's Shibboleth

February 22, 2019
By Halcyonday PLATINUM, Johnson City, Tennessee
Halcyonday PLATINUM, Johnson City, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and cry at a funeral? It is because we are not the ones involved."
-Mark Twain, "Pudd'nHead Wilson"


I savor driving alone

At night

Or in the rain

As long as I’m headed

Where I’ve been

Two million times before


Poised, willing to leap

Into the unknown

And feel the carbonated newness

Steal my breath away

Just as long as

I’m second in line


I’ll take the first marshy step

Into far-flung lands

Once I know the ground beneath

Is as solid as an oath

I’ll sip on the wine

That’s garnered rave reviews

And nibble the first bite

After you do


I’m a daredevil

I’m a tightrope walker

With two safety nets

I’m Houdini

With one chain link missing


If you deign to inform me

That my peril is concocted

Controlled, fabricated

Who knows? Things may just become

Perilous, indeed



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