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
the sustenance of maybe
breathe as though nebulized
like high-altitude air
my noticing
the treetops are so very high
as obligations are to sky
raggedy breath


  1. "take it
    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...

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

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

  4. Rise to the occasion oatmeal tongue and all.

  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.

  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,

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

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

  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!

  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.

  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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