A lovely young bride promenades
down the aisle, reflecting on
the happiness of this moment, and
ever so glad in her heart that
she has kept herself pure
in anticipation of this special day.
As Rick lays in the gutter,
clothing tattered, mud-stained face
and breath reeking, he can’t
help but wonder why
he ever took that first drink.
Sally stands so straight and proud
as she hold her first place trophy
for the National Spelling Bee,
recalling those times when
she forced herself to study and
now knowing that it paid off.
While handcuffs are slapped on the wrists
of a wretched old man
and he is taken away to
the prison of his own making,
a child’s innocence has been shattered.
These four souls are not related, yet
they share a common bond
as players in life’s drama
of Choice and Consequence.