Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Remarkable Calamities



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"Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable."
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr


Like an eccentric artist life re-makes me
over and over again
building me up high
like a big city skyscraper
then burning me down
to ash
just to remold me
better and
stronger
lovely to the soul's eye
but do not be foolish
for
i am an endeavor
an arduous journey
that no missionary
would volunteer for
a vessel unseaworthy
a tiger with not all my stripes
a film not yet developed
a plant with few leaves
but there is growth
it is a process
with slow progress
a becoming of sorts
the lessons re-shape me
the alchemy of scrap metal
turned to coins of a greater worth
the cost of expansion
is a heavy price
a thousand bruises and tears
one hundred skinned knees
and many sleepless nights.





12 comments:

  1. Yes....life is tough yet we grind on. Great images to describe the journey.

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  2. The vividness of the last few lines linger, bright and raw...

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  3. Alchemy of scrap metal... we all need that.

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  4. Profound...the image makes it more powerful!

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  5. Oh yes.. we make and unmake and remake ourselves and that is the journey...

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  6. Beautiful.

    Especially:

    "turned to coins of a greater worth"



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  7. I love this especially; "a tiger with not all my stripes, a film not yet developed, a plant with few leaves." Beautifully executed!💞

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  8. So many "remakes"
    In life, there are no second takes...
    "Like an eccentric artist life re-makes me"
    And we all experience the mystery...

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  9. I can relate to this...remakes do challenge us...great write

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  10. They say that life is what happens while we're making other plans. And what do you know, what happens may just be what we were meant to take in.

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