cruising down a slippery slope
afflicted by desire and pride
i am easily tossed side to side
across puddles of ice, snow and
my own self-deprecation
and each time you are there watching
batting away stinging flies of failure
watching my tears boil over the lids
my cheeks are wet with the embarrassment
of my previous behavior
so you hand me an elixir of love and coffee
to soothe the harsh blaring purple
bruise of my ego