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  1. EGGSHELLS AND TIGHTROPES

    I.

    eggshells are fragile
    they easily break
    you walk on them carefully,
    for safety’s sake.

    And yet with each step
    you surely know
    as eggshells come
    and eggshells go

    that break they will
    with a crunch and crackle
    and then you will feel
    the collar and shackle.

    II.

    A tightrope,
    that’s different
    that you can master
    and walk it quite nimbly;
    avoiding disaster.

    A tightrope is narrow
    so do watch your step;
    and maintain your balance
    become quite adept
    at reading the signals

    that shape your demeanor
    so the tightrope will give you
    that slack that you need
    to stay on the precariously,
    watching the lead.

    III.

    Eggshells are fragile,
    eggshells will break,
    and that can be scary
    when your life’s at stake.

    Tightropes feel safer
    you feel that if only
    you try really hard,
    you’ll do it with ease
    and reap your reward.

    When the tightrope wiggles
    and your balance will waver
    you know it’s a signal
    that you’re losing favor.

    IV.

    You need to continue
    to pay close attention
    always be pleasing,
    avoiding dissension

    Come on,
    you can do this;
    you’ve done it for years,
    and learned how to handle
    your hopes and your fears.

    You can stay
    on the tightrope,
    your life is at stake.
    Below you lie eggshells
    that crunch when they break.

    Liz Lippa

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