Daily Archives: March 15, 2010

Slinky World

Once pushed
from the top of the stairs
it is supposed to swing itself
end over end
to the bottom,
but how many times does it instead
come to a quivering stop
only partway down?

Do this often enough
and you will become frustrated
and scorn its alleged magic;

sit instead with it in your hands
and bounce it back and forth,
stretch it out, fan the coils
like a deck of undealable cards;

eventually discard it
or give it away
or sell it to some sucker at a yard sale.

But you always buy
another one,
usually at a yard sale,
certain that this time
will hold the charm —
a middle aged man
who will never learn.

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