Summer Poetry Slam 2013 Winner - Week 9
by: Rhea Flection
Good parents are like bungee cords.
At first their elasticity is unforgiving, taut.
It doesn’t take long before you get snapped back up
Robbed of any serious bodily harm.
With each jump the bungees stretch out
And you go farther and farther down
Until one day you can no longer rely on them
To keep you from smacking into the ground.
Hopefully the bungees don’t snap during a jump
Or you've reinforced them with other security devices
So you can just dangle and sway, overjoyed and overcome
By the connection to that place you come from.
Dangle there long enough and one of the bungees will break
Worn out from its years in the sun.
And with its release comes that rush once again
Reminiscent of when you took your first plunge.
Where hormones and adrenaline once fueled the drop
Now sadness, fear and regret become the primary thrusts.
Because it's only after one bungee breaks do you realize
It’s only a matter of time before the other gives out.