Ponderin’ and Wonderin’: A Conversation with Self

Ponderin’ and Wonderin’:
A Conversion with Self


At seventy-one, I’m hung
Up on my ladder’s last rung,
With its many steps and
The protruding door nails
Of an open door half hung,
Wonderin’ what more
In life could I have won,
 And why still try
To do somethin’
Before I’m done?

Or should I now commit
To only havin’ fun?
Cease creating toil,
Strife, ‘n’ strum?

And cease makin’
A mad dash —

My last dash left
To make s
omethin’ of myself?
Wouldn’t I now be better off
Puttin’ struggle on the shelf?

 And sure, I ponder:
I may still achieve any thing
I’m willing to sacrifice my all for
But I can’t have every thing:
Apple pie metaphor,

The American dream —
And the gorgeous guy next-door!
(Though Positivists say
We can have everything
And even more!)

“Great! Really?!” I say;
“Let’s get real!
Though I’d try till I die,

Exerting effort till I fry,
I can only be sure of old age,
Death, taxes, and the pill —
And drawing up
My final will.

Yet, hope springs eternal
On ahead —

It’s in wait now,
Up there ahead,
For me still …

Thus I continue
To ponder …
And wonder …
Wending my way
Up the hill …

Till suddenly I decide
Negative thoughts to kill:
To take charge,
Get out of my head;
Change my thoughts,
Change my mood,
Change my stead,
By choosing to be happy
And in the moment, instead;
By making all that’s positive,
Pleasant, and good my bread;
Treasuring the wonders
And pleasures …
Nature’s bounteous blessings
And measures —
And Her amazing
And beauteous spread.

If we’re not busy livin’
We’re busy dyin’,

Woody Guthrie and
Bob Dylan so aptly said.
Thus, I’m back in the saddle again,
Movin’ ahead.
I’ve buried my worries
As though they were dead.
I won’t sweat the small things,
For as it’s been said,
“All things are small things.
It’s all in our head.
And only fools walk
Where angels daren’t tread.”



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