I’m Preparing for What’s Coming

I never last many years without adventure
sticking out its foot to block the door,

stepping inside to dust for prints
then rearrange the furniture.

Last time, I made it out of prison.
Last last time I made it in.

What comes next? Torrid affair? Family death
sneaking up like a schoolyard bully slapping necks?

Maybe successes I’ve always wanted. Maybe
a new blindfold while I wait for rifle shots at dawn.

Whatever it is, I’m shaping up, sucking in my gut,
rising like a viper, bound to strike but hesitant

lest I swallow me by accident: tail to teeth,
arresting me in tight & tighter cell of my skin.

Image created by Welcomia – Freepik.com

Ace Boggess

Ace Boggess is author of three books of poetry, most recently Ultra Deep Field (Brick Road, 2017), and the novel A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea, 2016). His poetry has appeared in Harvard Review, Rhino, North Dakota Quarterly, and many other journals. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.