little perils of
routine living, no escape
in the unplanned tangent
Adapted from the final lines of the short story, A NOTE AT THE END, from the book, My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber.
Mr. Thurber writes in perhaps a presentiment of the COVID era:
In the pathways between office and home and home and the houses of settled people there are always,
ready to snap at you,
the little perils of routine living,
but there is no escape in the unplanned tangent, the sudden turn.