7-6-11

At arm’s length-
that’s where you reside-
far enough to avoid the sting-
enough distance to dodge the blow-
at arm’s length is where you must
be-
what would you do if you were reeled
in?
far better to watch the ship sink
from the safety of the shore-
the many cries and screams from above
and below deck should be warning
enough-
why board it just to ride it to the bottom
of the sea?
far safer to watch the burning building from
the other side of the street-
at arms length-
it’s safer there-
you’re able to dodge the burn-
deftly parry the strike-
enough time to react-
time enough to escape-
at arms length-
that’s where you must be*

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2 comments

  1. gypsy

    At arms length – that’s where we hold the courage to take a risk and live life to the fullest. Fear keeps the life we deserve to live at a safe distance. great poem. thanks also for making me learn 2 new words (i had to look up “deftly” and “parry.”). 🙂

  2. Paula Boaz

    I read this poem and thought of a certain historic event – the sinking of the Titanic. Overall I saw the message was about taking chances – not knowing what the outcome will be. Some people are burned in love – and vow never to let themselves be that vulnerable again. They go through life – trying so hard not to care – not to reveal their feelings for someone.

    There are no guarantees in life that the one you develop intense feelngs for will reciprocate. Take chances and enjoy life!!

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