Fissures in the Slate

Center
of a misguided throng
Jeers and laughter
taunts of derision
cruel incision

Feeble spin
Excuses wearing thin

Center
to hold close
Life in the shallows
filling gaps
hidden traps

Riding high
Short of the sky

Center
in an unsteady space
Entertaining balancing act
worthless applause
pulling straws

Squandered truth
Bittersweet fruit