Life Happens

When life is all shouty you should shelter take
It batters the hatches you battened
It whips like the wind ‘tween the folds of your coat
And makes you know something has happened

It rises on hind legs and gets in your face
Its breath stinking bad like a sewer
It trips up your feet like a broken shoelace
And all you can do is endure

Life chooses the moments you least do expect
And pounces just when you are down
It likes to happen the very worst times
When it knows you have no help around

It happens by threes, it happens by fours
It happens in streaks and bad patches
And all you can do when it happens to you
Is take cover and batten those hatches.

E.M. Swift-Hook

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