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He knew he shouldn’t
The knife was right by the door
In the Woolworth store

His inner voice warned
“If you’re caught you’ll go to jail”
The thought made him pale

But he’d ne’er been caught
The knife just a pocket one
(Pocket it for fun)

Quick thought was careless
And he grabbed the little knife
Gulped – ran for dear life!

Out the Woolworth door
(Army of cops in pursuit
Store lady to boot)

And he ran and ran -
First time for childhood danger,
And nothing stranger

Every passerby a foe
Mother and home far away
Such an awful day!

A hot summer day,
The sidewalk cracks flashing by,
Tear drops in his eyes,

This breathless, cold sweat.
Ran till he could run no more
From that Woolworth store

Collapsed on a bench -
If he was caught, then, so what?
Made him think a lot

(Oh boy! That was close)
(Never would he steal again)
(“Thank you, God – Amen)

*Kind of Senryush.

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  1. Date: 3/7/2013 5:51:00 PM
    Awesome dear poet ! Ya had me running with ya ! And as for your query to my last was "sligh" guy ! Have a wonderful night my friend....much love, james

  1. Date: 3/6/2013 8:46:00 PM
    Wow Dave, such a trip through Woolworth's, kids do that and I think they dare each other to live dangerously. You did a great job with the emotions, I was almost breathless.

  1. Date: 3/5/2013 9:10:00 AM
    I think many children try this at some point... I'm not among them, was too scared of the consequences !! Enjoyed the rush of your poem though... Fine finish too !!

  1. Date: 3/4/2013 12:46:00 PM
    Back again Daver, zanthippe young zitella, basically means 'blonde young married woman' to me not everything does fall. thought there was a bit of you on this...thanks for the visit always appreciated...Davi

  1. Date: 3/3/2013 4:30:00 PM
    daver, is this based on a childhood memory? haha. If so, I think you learned your lesson. THis was a rush to read too and I enjoyed it.

  1. Date: 3/3/2013 1:33:00 PM
    Daver I like this a lot, is this an auto?....David