Directions Not Included
photo by Steven Kelly
"Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend."
~Walter Savage Landor
Sometimes I am rough like an old highway that is in desperate need of repair
and I am stagnant like a puddle where there is no light to bring a glare.
At times I am tattered like a worn hem on a dress no one will sew
and I am meager like a garden where a careless gardener never goes.
At times I am lost like a sparrow that has never built it's nest
and I am lonely like a boring hostess that will never have a guest.
Sometimes I am empty like a pew where the minister shall not preach
and full of dust like antique furniture hidden beneath white sheets.
At times my focus is for naught like an unused telescope on a starlit night
and I am vacant like a building that it too damaged for someone to buy.
In this life there are no road signs to truly guide the way ahead
and purpose can get lost if we drive like our foot is made of led.
So slow down and pay attention don't miss the turn you were meant to make
for no one else can do it for you, it's a maneuver that only you can make.