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A Poem


Pebbles of Doubt

I’m walking a path that feels familiar

Yet it looks different from any I’ve followed before

The sunlight is the same

And so are the trees

The birdsong is familiar

And so is the scent in the air

Pine and mud and freshness

Wonder and wanting and impatience

I move forward

Knowing the path will guide me

My feet feel sure

But my eyes question

Have I been here before?

Is this the right path?

Where will it take me?

I throw those questions aside

Pebbles on the earth

Left in my wake

And I charge ahead

Unwilling to consider

That my doubts might lead to truth


Maybe Tomorrow

funny-tomorrow-best-time-to-do-everythingMaybe tomorrow I’ll go to the grocery store and buy some fresh fruits and vegetables to eat.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll pick up my prescription and remember to take my medicine in the morning.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll go for a walk around the park with the dog.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll catch up on some of my writing for NaNoWriMo.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll give my mother a call, just to say hello and catch up.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll grade the reading tests that my students took today.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll start on next week’s lessons.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll plan a menu for the week full of delicious and healthful meals.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll even cook one of those meals for my family.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll get a few steps closer to my goals. Or maybe just one step.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll remember to tell the people I love that I love them.

Maybe tomorrow will be a new start.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll take steps to change my life for the better.

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Daily Passion Prompt 25: The Perfect Gift


If you could have anything, what would it be?

Ok, I know this is totally cheating, but I’m going to go for it anyway. If I could have anything it would be a happy life. See what I did there? Happy life encompasses it all, doesn’t it? For example, I would know that my son is headed in the right direction toward a bright future. Gift BoxI would have good health and so would my loved ones. I would have a rewarding career, or, if my financial situation allowed it, a rewarding series of pastimes. Of course I wouldn’t worry about not having enough money for bills, saving for a rainy day, or scary medical tests. My loving relationship would continue to grow and flourish. If I could have this elusive happy life, I would have no worries.

I know it’s pie in the sky nonsense, and that into every life a little rain must fall, or something like that, but it’s nice to think about. It’s nice to dream of a world without illness and loss. It’s nice to think about a future free of challenges and obstacles. The reality, though, is that we all have those things in our lives, to a greater or lesser degree. The real test of a person is in how they react to all that stuff. Oh, I know that’s not an original thought, and the scholarly readers in the audience will be quick to supply quotes proving that I’m just rehashing old news (and not terribly eloquently either), but I do believe it’s true. So maybe the gift isn’t in having it all, maybe the gift is in the lessons learned when we don’t.