10/4/14 - 215 Park Ave South, two seconds later
A stone façade almost killed me today.
It fell onto the sidewalk where my head
Had been two steps ago. One brief delay—
Two seconds; three—and I would have been dead.
People around me cried out: “Jesus, guy—
Are you okay? You were just standing there!”
Part of me felt that dodged-a-bullet high;
Another part sent up a trembling prayer.
And one part knew that Life, my constant friend,
Had dropped its mask and showed me its true face.
And now I have a choice: I can pretend
I didn’t see it, or I can embrace
This mortal enemy—cold, cruel and hard—
That hides behind Life’s affable façade.
Copyright 2014 Matthew J Wells