Parading precisely the ivory shines
spiraling coils and laid out in lines
deftly designed and exactly dispersed;
everyone itches to tap on the first
First you make your way alone
then you make a friend
you make a date for Friday
you make love all weekend.
First you love the candle light
then you love the waking
then you love the offering
then you love the taking.
With barely a breath, no more than a graze
the clatter begins and a roar starts to raise
tipping and falling and speeding past stopping;
everyone loves to hear dominoes dropping
First you take some photographs
then you take the cake
then you take for granted
then you take a break.
First you break some promises
then you break a heart
then you break some dishes
and then you break apart.
Like running the wheels off a Radio Flyer
fast and as far as a telephone wire
strung up on poles, heading right out of town;
everyone leaves when they’ve all fallen down