Practicing What I Preach
Not so funny when the ankle turns
and wrenches everything above
while bags and boxes fly about
landing on your head
As you hit the ground.
Knees and elbows are first to complain
screeching from scrapes and indignity
Not so funny indeed.
Until the children you bore
and sheltered from harm
are paralyzed with laughter
as they try to help you get up
tears are running down their faces.
And years later they still enact
the choreography of the moment
each move a gymnastic trick,
because after all, I was basically ok,
mostly injured by embarrassment
and now proud to be the favorite example
of reframing for humor.
©2023 Noreen Braman