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Dogs 2015

THEY ALL FALL DOWN
(12/21/15)


we watch
the children
with anxiety

with wonder

knowing
that gravity
will eventually
exert an effect
at the most
inopportune
moment

when finally
we overcome
our adolescent
battles
with balance
we are then
exposed
to a different
weight

a social
pull
that keeps us
teetering
upon clenched
toes
of acceptance

any disparaging
tilt
can have catastrophic
consequences

for the near
future

for a lifetime

even those
who seemingly
escape
with supposed
sterling reputations
are still susceptible

any history
is fraught
with questionable
decisions

choices
that seemed
upright
at the time
may be revised
downward
upon review
to a less seemly
morality

any
who have lived
long enough
will experience
ill repute

before
or after
death

saints rarely
occur

this rest
of us
hope not to hear
our names
on the evening
news