Sometimes the fables of our youth
that mothers oft repeat
still come to mind in adult lives
to punish our deceit.
"May lightning strike me as I stand,"
is said to cover lies,
beware, the smiting might occur
before you can revise.
A bolt descends from black of storm,
enforcing breach of trust,
we rarely know the smitten ones,
unless, alas, it's us.
Jack has published over 350 poems in his career, many with his own photography. He specializes in a view of the commonplace and Americana.