Posted in terza rima by maggie on 2012/02/07

So, did you run a check around back first?
       The exit's boarded up solid, did you know?
Girl's got to see when to assume the worst

and when not. How about if you need to go
       when the way in's blocked? The fire escape?
Rusted out. Yeah there're windows although

the ground floor's barred. Anyway the shape
       you're in, you won't be up to fancy feats
or studied moves. No matter what the scrape

that landed your ass here, the open streets
       trump a hard choice you can't get reversed.
This mistake you'll die from, no repeats,

       no coming out alive, not a word uncursed.

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  1. clarioretenebris said, on 2012/02/08 at 06:02

    Warning to yourself? or reminder to a streetwise companion? Either way, I like how this works equally well as straight hard reality or as strong metaphor for situations we let ourselves get into with no good exit strategy.

    And more than ever, I love how natural your rhyming is! This reads aloud as easily as if you were speaking it on the doorstep of a dangerously open door, as if choosing any other words simply for the sake of avoiding rhyme would have been strained. I can sometimes almost imagine you speaking in rhyme in all your day-to-day life, when you write like this. It’s one of the things I like most in your poetry.

    • maggie said, on 2012/02/08 at 06:26

      *wary* Or just talking to the wind? Say it to myself and I lose count how many times I’ve had to say so. Say it to a friend and my concern is only interfering. Though actually, this mostly echoes part of my marriage vows (along with a mix of both you point to) – he is the only one I would let have whatever of me he wants and do whatever of me he will, no need nor desire from me for any reversal, not ever, to the death, that serious. He knows me that well.

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