Popcorn

A lot of effort
For not much pay off
At least that’s how it feels
When it goes wrong
And there are many ways it can go wrong

You add the heat
And wait
Some pop early
But they often burn while the others get ready
These disappoint
Because rescuing them is possible but risky

Then the majority bounce awake
And you wonder
If they can be contained
Will they escape?
Is the pressure too much?
You know you shouldn’t reduce the heat
But the growth looks alarming

You want to regain control
But calm is tasteless

Nevertheless, calm arrives
And the ones left behind
Stay there

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