Back Lash

whiplash

it hurts 

when you have decided 

to be free;

titles are handed out 

readily, 

but nobility has a price

it carries weight

turning 180°

and falling back 

to start

can snap 

that delicate mechanism 

known as your back

and rip you 

asunder

unless

you possess 

flexibility and

resiliency;

as being schooled

in the movements

of birds and

angels

as I lie here, resting my back

from a day of laboring at one of

the hundred horrible jobs I’ve had over the years,

I reflect on the emotions

that have traveled 

up and down 

this bent spine

of mine

I become aware of what

has not been done,

the various manifestations

of which my life has 

sought to take shape 

and yet failed 

for various reasons

I recall seeing a sign

at the chiropractor’s office:

       “Your Back Is Your Life Line!

                                             Get It Straight!”


It is time to change

the way I sit,

to sit up straighter,

seeing straight ahead

to the new things

coming this way

time to change 

the way I sit,

and the way 

old things

sit 

with me


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(Kevin Trent Boswell)

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