Safety First by Beth Mulcahy

Safety First

stay on the path
the paved one
right here
clear, flat cement
put there on purpose
for you to walk on
stay off the grass hills covered in
those crunchy brown leaves
no matter how delicious
they sound under your boots
they are not for walking on
they cover divots
ripe for tripping
and falling
and rolling
to your death
or worse


Beth Mulcahy (she/her), a Gen X-er from Michigan, lives in Ohio with her husband, two kids and loyal Havanese dog sidekick. Beth works for a company that provides technology to people without natural speech. She writes poetry, fiction, memoir, and dreams about visiting Scotland. Her work has appeared in various journals and she has been nominated for a Pushcart prize. Check out her latest publications at

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