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When the “uh huhs!” Changed to “what ifs?”

The moment she thought
‘what if?’ and did
not jump up with an
‘uh huh!’ on her lips
quickly moving, going,
doing the impulsive
daring to do it. She thought
not then, just took off
dropped the stable
discarded the secure
set out for adventures.
Then when the ‘what ifs?’
set in she got the fears
scared of what might happen.
Making doing it not too alluring
just more ways to stumble.
Plodding was surely comfortable
plunging suddenly unacceptable
‘what ifs?’ took over, repressed
‘uh huhs!’ fervently suppressed.
So now resolutely, she guessed
this was being grown up.

Lynn Skapyak Harlin is a poet who made a living selling her words as a freelance writer, photographer, and newspaper reporter and correspondent. Her first published poem “War Waste” appeared in Time magazine, in 1970. Her work has appeared in Street Review, Arbus magazine, Section Eight Magazine, Florida Speaks, Aquarian, deadpaper.org, A.C. PAPA and many others. Her two chap books, Real Women Drive Trucks and Press One for More Options were published in 1997 by Closet Books. She is an editor and leads the Shantyboat Writers Workshop on the Trout River.

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