the idea of skating
in a run-of-the-mill way
never appealed to me
so to make it fun
i got a kick
from weaving in and out
and into the most
precarious situations
one day like a drowning victim
i almost went down
at the point
of parting my head in two
dare i mention
how ridiculous i looked
dangling like a trapese artist
holding on for dear life
clasping onto a stranger
as she stood
ungracefully bent over me
balancing her body
to keep us both
from dropping?

~ vincenzo