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Fiction and Poetry Contest

“On My Knees”

Poetry, Second Place

Falling down is funny
or else it’s not.
People fall to their death
but otherwise falling is funny.

 I’ve had two skinned knees
since the day I could walk.
When you kiss concrete,
the buildings point and laugh and laugh and laugh.

 Do not fall face down
in the shower, love.
Do not fall face down at all.

 “See, watch her gait.
She has the walk of one
who has fallen.”

 Falling on your knees is dirty
or else it’s not.
Falling in prayer is reverent
but otherwise falling is dirty.

 I fell in love the day I met you.
You gave me your rib
and I promptly fell down.
You promised not to laugh.

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