Risk, Will you?

Burning down bridges brings beautiful
End to life as she knows it;
Forcing changes, no retreats
Either better or eternally worse,
Either sunshine or common hearse

Beat back the bride’s veil—
Expose her evolving green gardens,
Rat the mongoose out from nowhere,
Catch the vermin with noose and sickle—
Extinguish greed with her wooden nickel.

Mount the chariot, rise Apollo style
Proclaim victory with orbit laps
Retracing eons of dust and scraps;
Calm the waters for one last gasp
Squelch the flame before it burns.

Eek out a heart’s worth of wanderlust
Capture the moment without losing trust
Steal away down canal lined streets
To meet tomorrow with eager feet
And limp by no more today.


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