The Corral, 1999 Page: 34
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They Say the Experiments in Dallas
Are the Cutting Edge
Trapeze artists launch out,
sometimes net, sometimes none.
Not many of those striped tents have been
silent with horror, but trapeze artists can fall.
And they have peanuts there, too.
Snowboard bums, unsung heroes
catapulting their bodies off cliffs, spin
to a powdery plume on steep slopes below.
"Snowboarders in Exile" was such a good
flick, especially for fifteen dollars.
Was it Evil Kinevil's son who vaulted
numerous cars with his motorcycle?
Yes, it was the stunt that broke his father's
will and bones. But son came to face father's
defeat. Drama all captured in a television set.
There must be, somewhere where dust collects,
black and white photos of daredevils and acrobats.
But the memory that sits on my shelf, the color
that stumbles the rhythm of my heart, leaps from
its metal frame and leaves little else to say:
Jack Goodrich, forty-four, kids three and eight.
Sixth-grade teacher, member Beltway Baptist.
Tumors too numerous to count. Opting
for aggressive experimental treatments.
Hoping to be the lucky one out of ten.
Here’s what’s next.
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