Everyone

Everyone needs a thneed

Fuji apples spill lethargically

a joyous bounty

yellow and red and orange

cascading downwards endlessly

but upstream–trouble

do you step up or do you portage

spinning, rushing, drifting

rocks gash and slash at the surface

thunderous surge and quick lightning

turning, paddling, splashing

but downstream–bliss

or close to it at least

soaked everywhere despite precautions

at the mercy of the beast

is where you’ll know it the least

no time for thought, just reaction

most merciful beast I entreat ye