The Tight Rope Walker (a quadrille)

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The Tight Rope Walker

After John’s hamster died
he could not tell up from down,
he became a tight rope walker
tottering grimly forward
without pole or safety net
modern medicine is just a sham
couldn’t save one damn hamster
he never acknowledged
the gravity of his situation.

The challenge over at dVerse is to write a quadrille (44 word poem), incorporating the word “up”.

19 thoughts on “The Tight Rope Walker (a quadrille)

  1. msjadeli

    I’m not sure if I understand your poem, but that picture reminds me of a time I went bowling with my kids and saw a man trying to teach his blind daughter to bowl. He was getting quite upset with her and the tone of his voice carried. I finally had to go over say to him, “Why are you doing this?” He gave me a dirty look but said nothing.

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    1. sdtp33 Post author

      apologies for prompting that unpleasant memory, to be honest I never looked closely at the two figures in the photo, but now that I do, I can see your point. It was taken in Monserrat, on a hiking trails, there were climbers all over the various crags. As for the poem, it’s a flight of fancy (or infancy), there is a sadder underpinning but I didn’t want to go there.

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