Create an Interesting Situation

I decided to step outside of my normal comfort zone and write my story using Free Verse Poetry.

This time will be different



Momma said she’d tan my hide if I climbed that tree again

But Jimmy’s ‘double-dog-dare-me’ can’t be ignored or undone

Last time I made a foolish mistake when I looked down

Then my heart turned cold as my courage evaporated into the clouds


Unable to scream I gasped for air through chattering teeth

My fingers turned tingly white gripping the old tree trunk


Shouts from below disrupted my prayers and pleas for help

Get me down and I promise never to do anything dangerous again


The fireman’s encouraging voice helped pry my hands loose

Only then did Momma’s cries turn to sobs and slobbery kisses


Shaking beyond belief, I was wrapped in a blanket and carried home

Momma’s gentle hands calmed my fears and assured me I was safe


Pappa’s threatening words during supper gave way to chuckles

And stories of his childhood adventures made me feel accepted again


Kneeling beside my bed last night, I thanked God for saving my life

And when momma tucked me in, I knew everything would be all right


Looking up there this morning, the tree doesn’t seem quite so tall

Besides, I’m a day older and smarter, and know I just can’t look down

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