Rough & Tumble

the instant I became aware

I found myself t u m b l i n g

my body making full turns

head over heels

eyes searching for focus

my mind grappling to find out

where I was

& what was going on

turns out

it’s a f u l l – o n

hieronymus bosch-like scene

on every side of me

other arms & legs flail

spinning like batons

in continuous motion

closed in tight

I’ve come to the conclusion

that all I can do is

keep my head tucked

so I can roll clear of the pile

when I hit the ground

if I hit the ground

my best guess now is

when I land at last

it will be with such force

that I will slide six feet under

to that final worm-eaten resting place