One thing leads to another and another takes it further.
A toe kicked a pebble
The pebble struck a flock of resting birds
The alarmed birds took flight in a flurry, catching a cat’s eager eye
The cat took off after them, darting across a busy street side
A little boy raced behind the cat, ignoring his mother’s restraining cry
A car swerved to avoid the boy and the driver lost control
Seeing the car hurtling towards her a comely young lady froze in place
An eager lad behind her yanked her out of its path, and perhaps a romance started taking shape
They fell back in a heap, nearly upon an old lady who lived alone
Who, startled, let go of her battered umbrella and a wayward wind claimed it for its own
It flirted with the umbrella and flew it to a building top
Where a broken man stood on the ledge, thinking of letting himself drop
The unlikely visitation of an umbrella in full bloom billowing beside him in mid-air
Cracked him up so much that, for the moment, he let go of his despair
He grabbed his unlikely savior, the runaway brolly that appeared from nowhere
And with a heart now much lighter, he made his way downstairs.
As he stepped outside the building,
He saw a poorly dressed man trip on his open shoe-lace and begin to go sprawling
He stuck out a hand and kept him, and the cake in his hand, from falling
The indigent gent thanked him and held on tighter to his son’s birthday cake
That he’d bought with the last of his daily wage; and bent to re-tie his lace.
When done, he paused to wipe off the shoe’s toe,
With which he’d kicked a pebble not so long ago.
One thing leads to another and another takes it further
And sometimes it returns to sender.