Picture cards and jokers

I had to check
not only the time
but also the day,

this is the way knaves live their lives
balancing on the edge of knives
in case you were in any doubt.

We need shock absorbers
to absorb the shocks
take the knocks
to save us before we crash
down on the rocks,

too late for some.

Already I feel the
the calcification of these
old bones
I will not give up the ghost
not while there’s still a chance.

As near as we are
we are still far apart

it’s one way to start
if we mean to go on.

© 2020, John Smallshaw.