Of course I knew the dangers
But, I’m pretty experienced
And most of the time
There isn’t anything to worry about

Maybe I just got careless
Assumed that the worst
Could never happen to me
A lazy assumption I now realise
Based on the flimsy evidence
That the worst hadn’t happened to me

Not for a long time anyway
Not since I was younger and more foolhardy
But perhaps since then
I’ve just been lucky
Never really taking the proper precautions
And just getting away with it

Until today that is
Until the worst finally did happen
And I proved I was no more immune
To overconfidence
To stupidity
To recklessness
Than anyone else

For today when I opened Pandora’s Box
Which in this case
Was a bottle of Coca-Cola
(Other soft drinks are available)
Unbeknownst to me it had been shaken

And as the refreshing
Albeit calorific contents
Washed over me
I’d like to beleive
I learned a valuable lesson
But in all honesty
I probably didn’t

  15 comments for “Complacency

  1. June 29, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    I admit to enjoying the occasional tooth rotting beverage, but rarely enjoy wearing it’s sticky explosions.

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  2. June 29, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Who shook it?

    Liked by 2 people

    • June 29, 2020 at 1:09 pm

      That mystery has never been fully solved…

      Liked by 2 people

  3. June 29, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    I love Coca Cola but not the shaken variety.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. June 29, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    It’s a gas!

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 29, 2020 at 7:32 pm

      Gas is just a state of mind. Or matter. One of the two.

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  5. June 29, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    What Would James Bond Do?
    Before you take that first thirst quenching drink
    Take a long (refreshing) pause and think-
    Have all proper safety precautions been taken?
    Has your furiously bubbling fizz been shaken?

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    • June 30, 2020 at 7:33 am

      I thought James Bond likes his drinks to be shaken and not stirred?

      Liked by 1 person

  6. June 30, 2020 at 3:29 am

    Didn’t Marie Antoinette take baths in that stuff?

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 30, 2020 at 7:34 am

      I’m certain that is an actual historical fact, yes.

      Liked by 1 person

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