When I was twelve I had no time for capers,
I had a job delivering newspapers
Going to the newspaper office at four a.m.,
Folding one hundred sixty papers,
packing them into a bag,
putting the bag on the back
where it would not sag or drag
and riding across town to my route
where I carefully tossed
or placed the papers
on the porches of their owners.
One mornings I was half asleep
And I forgot about the punctures.
There were two kinds,
One kind of puncture was dog bites,
The other kind was the thorns
Of a plant we called “goat heads”
Because they resembled goats with horns.
Both kinds of punctures hurt
And usually stayed alert
As I carefully navigated the locations
Where the mean dogs hid.
This morning one dog jumped too quick,
I missed him with my stick and
I tumbled head first into a patch of goat heads.
The dog tried to bite, but he lost all the fight
He had inside,
When he stepped on the goat heads.
He whimpered and cried,
Until I removed the stickers in his paws.
I was distracted and did not see the car,
(it was still too far),
Weaving back and forth.
As it approached I wanted to flee,
It didn’t really want me, did it?
The car hit a pole a few yards away,
This was not going to be a good day.
The car hit the back of my bike,
I flew up in the air, no time to say “yikes!”
And the car stopped at a gas station,
After it knocked over a pump.
All the excitement was not over.
An electric line came dancing across the street.
I wanted to run but I couldn’t move my feet.
Somehow the fire department turned off the gas,
Turned off the power.
I’m thankful I’m still here even at this hour.
Demons were angry and stomped their feet, .
They knew they had me in defeat.
But angels were watching once again,
Final score was demons zero, angels ten.
June 17, 2017