Friday, January 6, 2023

Spin and Fall

I remember it as a kids’ game – I’d spin

around and around, around long enough

till I became dizzy, that was the objective,

being dizzy, my head spinning, my balance


more than a bit off, staggering, sometimes

falling, it was a game. I remember laughing

at the performance and if there was an audience

or others playing along I would keep it up


spin, stagger around, amused by it all

as if the sensation weren’t relevant to later

years, times when losing balance, staggering,

and falling would play out without control or


laughter from me or from the unfortunate

people who saw it happen to me.

J. K. Durick is a retired writing teacher and online writing tutor. His recent poems have appeared in Third Wednesday, Black Coffee Review, Sparks of Calliope, Synchronized Chaos, Madswirl, Journal of Expressive Writing, Lightwood, and Highland Park Poetry.