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Ladder

Lord knows you can't avoid it sometimes,
you need to walk under a ladder --

but what about the bad luck?
Try this, if you have faith: They say

spit on your shoes and let the spit dry
and you are safe to walk on through.

I believe it. Sort of.
Do you?


KNOCK ON WOOD POEMS ABOUT SUPERSTITIONS by Janet S. Wong Text copyright © 2003 Used with permission of Margaret K. McElderry, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.