The Art of Arguing

A Practiced Exchange of Daring

Tarrant Smith
Aug 3, 2019 · 1 min read
Photo by 7 SeTh on Unsplash

I tossed you the shovel so smoothly,
you didn’t notice the exchange amid the whirl of angry words.
Knowing me so well, I marveled that you had missed it.
So when you began to dig, I said nothing.

Deaf to my hidden delight,
and bent on winning our trivial battle,
you never slowed to see the ever-widening trap
or question my sudden stillness.

I bit the inside of my cheek and offered a pickaxe,
when you halted in your mansplaining.
Would you snatch it from me — or climb
from the knee-deep grave of your argument?

Handle gripped in both our hands;
I arched an elegant eyebrow before letting go,
then I said, “Fine,” for encouragement,
as you prepared to swing at the bedrock of us —

My secret amusement abruptly collapsed
when you raised your arms to take aim.
Poised thus, you grinned — and recognition struck.
Bested, I smirked back then laughed at your daring.


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Kitchen Witch, Wife, Mother, and Indie Author of two paranormal romance series.

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