Learning not to be the best at learning by doing.
Learning to swim.
Staying under the radar, red lights
smoking & popping
& licking & wrapping around
the ankles of spooked calves-
slicing palm hearts
into quarters before halves.
Leaving without asking & before taking
Leaving with an ugly rash and more medication
Making friends with criminals
You walk the line, hypocritical
Your voice carries from here, reaching
a small child
left alone in a plastic pool
drowning in 3 inches of water
at low tide.