Ripped

A woman I just met
before we exchanged names
asked me to change into an owl
and leap into the evening sky
with only a two step start.
Not one to turn down a challenge
I set my sights to flight,
took two steps and leapt
with arms flapping.
I failed to convince the wind
to afford me a grace period
of gravity defiance.
I fell to the ground
and skinned my knee
when I landed off-kilter
in the diminished light.


copyright © 2019 Kenneth P. Gurney

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