Fall

Today I clambered
up some steps holding my toddler
in one arm and a tote bag of vegetables
and an umbrella and a water bottle
and two second-hand books in the other.
You never know when your next fall
is planned for you. It wasn’t today,
when the world was in my arms,
but it could always be tomorrow
when I am in his.

© Carl Burkitt 2023

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