first and last try


I’m not very experienced.
So once I had pulled the arrow back,
taught and aligned,
all I could do was release it.

I needed a target,
sure and inconsequential.
You were such a willing easy mark

Though I barely scratched you
(it really was just a shot in the dark),
the fletching
(yes, I had to look that up)
ripped through my fingers
making it impossible
to touch another.

(All anyone warned of was repetitive motion injury, but I won’t be trying that again.)

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