I Shattered Like Glass

I’ve met some newcomers recently at 12 Step meetings, some of them very young. My age at the time I headed off to state prison for three years. I wrote this poem after contemplating just how many times I can play close to the edge before falling into the abyss.

The Accidental Apologist

Moving ever closer to the edge,
I try to peak; get a glimpse, you know;
I need to see how far it is
to the bottom; to calculate how far I’d fall
If I were to fall at all.

Just curious, that’s all, nothing more.
No harm in knowing the risk.
I’ve been living life close to the brink for decades,
Yet I’m still here. What harm will come if I were to
Continue rollicking near the edge?

“This time you’ll be dead if you fall,”
said a voice from behind.
“There will be no more chances this time.”
I didn’t believe it; I never heeded the many warnings
No matter from whom they came.

“I’m going to live forever,” I told the voice.
(But I was beginning to grasp the true price tag
constant reckless behavior brings);
What an insane and daring undertaking my life has been!
It’s as…

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