11.03.2015

Don't Dwell On It

My obligation’s
to observe
a chance when it presents
& take it
on quivery knees
with oatmeal tongue
take it
though heat rises in my breast
against the possibility of yes
against unbridled yes
& the heart
desires darkness
contrary to every instance
of who do you think you are
take it
gather
the sustenance of maybe
breathe as though nebulized
like high-altitude air
endorphins
drink
my noticing
the treetops are so very high
as obligations are to sky
raggedy breath
perhaps
yes

12 comments:

  1. "take it
    gather
    the sustenance of maybe"

    the spirit of the adventurer dwells in this phrase; a charming write; enjoyed this
    Thank you for visiting to read mine; have a nice Tuesday

    much love...

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  2. Don't blink! Or maybe a little! Very energizing and well done. Thanks! K.

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  3. "take it/gather/the sustenance of maybe": That is perhaps the most important bit.
    Well-penned. :-)
    -HA

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  4. Rise to the occasion oatmeal tongue and all.

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  5. Observe a chance then take it.. no matter what. I love the flow of your differing line lengths and the accumulative effect of the imagery.

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  6. I love the maybe... the morality of a yes or a now... I think it's strength sometime to bend with the wind.. The strongest fir tree will break but the young willow will just bend for the storm,

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  7. I love "gather the sustenance of maybe" and, especially, your closing six lines. Wowzers!

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  8. Wow, I admit I got stuck on the oatmeal tongue~
    Love the ending!

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  9. I like like the staggered line breaks and somewhat there sing song rhyme. Also a big fan of the oatmeal tongue. This is very well done! Good luck on the rest of the your a poem adventure. I will be back!

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  10. "Decisions, decisions (sigh)." 'Age old dilemma.' I'm liking this. When I was doing engineering work I would run across engineers who would have a math model for making decisions. Basically it would compute a probability for an affirmative decision to be successful.
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  11. There is a humorous saying among engineers, "I didn't use to know how to spell engineer," here they'd pronounce with a hard 'G', "and now I are one." That is to say thank you for pointing out my spelling error. Our first-grade granddaughter makes this type, humorous though her vocabulary is astonishing. (100 times, "David slew the giant over in the slough.")
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