Strand/ed

Leap high or low
Go fast or slow
But be barb-wise

Otherwise …
     be prepared
        for hair to snag
          and iron to drag

through skin
etching bloody lines
rusty reminders of folly.

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Off Kilter

The fence line that crosses the creek is tired. It leans off kilter, like me some days.

Only barbwire keeps the weather-worn post from joining its reflection with a splash. Or perhaps it will be a slower end, a silent slipping-below-the-waves demise.

But for now it is still there. Still doing its job.

That’s all we can ask of anyone.