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Break a Leg

In Italy they say: In the mouth
of the wolf! I hope the wolf dies!
Some would say luck has nothing
to do with it. That’s called diligent
labor ungroomed. Pick up a coin
heads-up, but always abandon coins
tails-down or writhe. Does it make
a difference what kind of wood one
is knocking on? Oak-Cherry-Maple?
Does it have to be hardwood? Luck —
an elusive fable—or as tangible as the day
before us? Folding sheets cover, hiding
the mirrors of houses when another soul
has crossed over. Can a mirror truly ensnare
one’s soul? Superstitions bring comfort but luck
—luck devours if relied on, dies if ignored.

About this poem

This poem was born out of my friendship with Ciara, an exchange graduate student from Italy. We were talking about luck, and I decided to write a poem about my feelings about luck and superstition. Do I have something I consider lucky that carry around with me? Sure, I do! But, usually, luck favors the prepared. It's what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

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Written on 2005

Submitted by zero_of_nine on September 10, 2022

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Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 620
Words 114
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 16

Curtis Carmen Davis

Curtis Carmen Davis is a Midsouth poet published in various regional publications in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi. He has received several Awards of Merit from the Nashville Newsletter Poetry Contests and won two essay awards for CCSB travel abroad study to London, Scotland, and later Ireland. In 2016, and 2017, he was published in The Secret Life of Poets poetry magazine. He lives in the misty mountains of East Tennessee. He likes to draw and paint in his spare time. more…

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