Tightrope Walker

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Ricochet pinecone
riverside elderberry
underwater rushing
tightrope walker

Whistlestop coming
soon I gotta go, gotta
tiptoe mudslide
tightrope walker

Timid as a raindrop
bold as the iceberg
broken as the thorn of the
blackberry crushing

Goose-down comfort
blackbear hideaway
going out for winter
tightrope walker

Undertone overcast
in breath outside, going on a limb
and tearing of the bandage
uncover fearlessness
when lightning
strikes it meets
in the middle, as a
bone-bent riddle be met with a
riddle be found
inbreath outside…

Ricochet pinecone
cavernwide honeyberry
waterbent keeper
tightrope walker

Elderwise timestone
rise a gaze east-side
telling to the cradle
tightrope walker

Told as a footprint
burned as a brightening
sudden as the rush of the rib-bent whistler

Windsweep set-down
shadowside lightaway
fool-eyed leader of the
tightrope walker…

Ricochet pinecone
riverside elderberry
underwater rushing

Underbelly overcast
going on a limb and
tearing of the bandage
(tightrope walker)

(when lightning strikes)
outbreath inside
(when lightning strikes)
inbreath outside

outbreath inside
inbreath outside


from The Code of the Flowers, released September 9, 2016


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