Leave It Behind

Alexander Calder

What if a shove were gentle,
helpful, with kindness, maybe sentimental?
That shove could come from her or him.
It could arrive on the arm, without harm, on a whim.

But a shove can shock. Shoves shock.
Yes, a shove is a shock.
Shoves can shock a life into action
or create a whole lot of dissatisfaction.

What if a shove that shocks intends to _______,
(you fill in the blank — an unspeakable)?
A shove that shocks with intent,
definitely arrives with major discontent.

But the shock of a shove with intent
potentially might represent
a mistake of the gravest kind,
with a possibility to forgive, and leave it behind.

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