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Three Chances – #poetry #aprpad

April 3, 2016

Prompt: take the phrase “Three (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem.

Three Chances

I’ve only got two cheeks
and happily turn each
it’s the upper-cut
to the chin
that will do you in
then you will feel
the beast within

I will strike at night
while you sleep
you think me too weak
first a punch to the head
while you lie in bed
then a knee to the gut
or perhaps lower instead

then a knife to the heart
like the one that struck mine
did you think me a fool
to let you live
a fourth chance to forgive
for a life of hell
I’m not that passive

you’ve got one chance left
to make it right
to clean up your act
before it’s my turn
to watch you burn
are you ready yet
to comprehend and learn?

©2016 Lori Carlson. All rights reserved.


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