Things Happen

Things happen unexpectedly. You see
the way ahead, with everything in place
and life will drift along quite pleasantly
unless a visitor from outer space

should act upon an alien whim to grace
your cornfield with his circles. I agree
it's out of line, but so is drawing an ace.
Things happen unexpectedly, you see.

Example: can the dirty little flea
avoid a bath when Rover starts to race
towards the pond? He's powerless to decree
the way ahead. With everything in place

and all your ducks aligned (will someone chase
the clichees from my brain?) then, to a T
(another one!) your fortune grows apace
and life will drift along quite pleasantly

until the clock, instead of striking three
booms Hare Krisna in a manly bass
which blows a hole in your complacency,
unless a visitor from outer space

has tampered with the mechanism? Face
the facts. (Who said the truth will set you free?)
You're at the mercy of the world, so brace
yourself against its only certainty -
things happen.

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