22 January 2008, 8:47 PM
A rubber band stretched
down the length of a meter stick-
poised at the peak of potential energy
and more than prepared to put an eye out.
They never did snap. Nor did I.
But at day’s end, it seems I may as well have,
emotions limp as an elastic loop in the corner
of a room where I anticipated hell
as the children laughed, played,
grew tired of each other,
and all went well.