"Walking the Line" by Helen Wickes

One day a guy walked 95 feet on a tightrope,
wearing a blindfold, 545 feet above Chicago,
where people had come from miles away
to see him stretch & curl & mosey his toes
along the wire, glance into the abyss,
and keep walking, high above the city
and its life, brave boy, to risk so much.

While to Oregon a young woman traveled,
having seen the weave of her days unravel
on earth & she took things in hand & snipped
the thread. She was smart & loved & held
a whole world inside her, her body run down
before her soul, so she tore off the blindfold,
& cut her line, brave girl, losing so much.


Helen Wickes has worked for many years as a psychotherapist and received an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars in 2002. Glass Lyre Press has published her second and third books—The Moon Over Zabriskie and Dowser's Apprentice—in 2014. Sixteen Rivers Press published The World As You Left It in 2015.

Posted on March 27, 2018 .