Lenders continue to love their usurious way of falling
while grubbers hover above a penurious way of falling.
An ill wind blows at the lady’s presumptive tiara;
how it cackles upon her perjurious way of falling.
“I laid me down with a will,” R. L. Stevenson wrote;
Dylan Thomas raved a fume-furious way of falling.
A comedown is sometimes called a comeuppance but
my tuppence deems that a spurious way of falling.
A warning to those who topple off ladders: bracing
to save yourself is a most injurious way of falling.
When fish die, they turn upside-down and rise
in the water; this is their curious way of falling.
I dream I leap into heaped colors of newfallen leaves
fingers crossed for a windup luxurious way of falling.
the cold comes downward
clutching at zero and below
hardening the river’s edge
to shims and milky floe
carrying the omen of
the last loon’s tremolo
now the rapid river run
must deepen with the chill
grow slower downward
as the alewife also will
under her darkened ceiling
keeping vigilantly still
her ceiling has become
this shining gelid floor
where legged creatures may
step out to gingerly explore
shuffle over it foot by foot
toward the opposite shore
take my hand I hear
on a down-floating feather
and cross now safely
on my ethereal tether
should we slip-fall-drown
we will go down together
WALKING ON WATER