tightrope

Katrina Kaye

tonight
i am tightrope

stretched
east to west
held taut

tonight
i dare you
to step on
my back

knowing your
lack of balance

knowing your
lack of precision

tonight
i am uncomfortable
under your weight

knowing you
see me
as one more
feat to complete

thinking
i am cord
and nylon and
easy conquest

i can’t wait
to watch
you fall

“tightrope” is previously published in Rabbits for Luck (2016).