Cautionary Tale

Uncertain in the present,
But brave as providence.
Meaning effervescent,
Producing little sense.

Time and money vanish.
Strength and slumber wane.
Good intentions banish,
The stupid and the vain.

Somewhere in the middle,
Deep inside the core,
The heart begins to whittle,
The shape of something more.

More than limitations,
Expanding in the sun,
Knowledge of vacations,
Caution tales of Phaethon.

Watching the explosion,
Fireworks on foreign shores,
Checking the emotion,
Invisible on yours.

Pleased to have escaped it here,
And guilty all the same.
Those who skirt the fire,
Shouldn’t glory in the flame.

Nichole M. Dulin


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