Kicking appeals: A-Z verses from vintage visages

Kicking appeals -
Tossing rhymes at clownish crimes

It takes some skill to toss a blade.
Add one or two, and be afraid.
These antics entertain the kids,
But sanity such tricks forbids.

The nimblest so may deftly dance
And leave the dangers all to chance.
While melancholy ones yet quake
And linger ‘neath the veil opaque.

Bystanders wonder, watch, recoil.
I wait here for my blood to boil.
You crack your knuckles, chuckle, hoot.
Your trickery is absolute.

Oh, giggle as you ply your skill
To carve the crowd to suit your will.
May sense prevail and notify:
Your timing may have gone awry.

So just for kicks, let’s talk some smack.
Keep knives aloft, not in my back.
c2016 by Linda Ann Nickerson

This poem was posted for the April A to Z Blogging Challenge and National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), as well as these prompts:

ABC Wednesday: “notify”
Daily Prompts: “giggle”
Meme Express: “kicks” and “kids”
One-Minute Writer: “dance”
Simply Snickers: "keep" and "knuckles"
Three Word Wednesday: “melancholy,” “nimble,” and “opaque”
Warm Heart Wednesday: anything heart-warming

Public domain photo –
 vintage image

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  1. Nicely done.... good entry for this week, loved it

    Have a nice abc-wednesday-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

  2. Ooh! Hello, fellow A-To-Zer! This is such a fun poem! I like your meter- not that I'm the best judge- still, it seems to flow. And the last stanza made me smile.
    -Melanie Atherton Allen,

  3. Delightful writing,
    Thanks for sharing this amusing prose.
    Best Wishes,

    ABCW team.

  4. very clever; love the pic too


  5. Clever, beautiful and also ..... A bit scary, for the knife looks very sharp
    Wil, ABCW Team

  6. It'a all done with smoke. And mirrors. And blunt knives.