Bless the boy who flees the house
with a leash and nameless collar
to catch the raining cats and dogs.
Excuse the boy who retaliates
with a thump when told to break a leg
as he worries and sweats in the wing.
Pardon the boy who shouts to horses,
spooking them back to stables,
because he heard it came from their mouth.
Forgive the boy who wondered the magic
when the girl down the road disappeared
on her way home and was never seen again.