The real 2017 poem

Life is all about accepting
apologies that are never spoken,
never verbalized as/when
they ought to have been,
and choosing to forgive
when it may not be deserved,
and trying to avoid
mistakes our fathers made,
and navigating around the taboos
that attempt to assail us
at every opportunity.
You know what I mean?

It’s like we have to premeditate
the evils lurking just around the corners
of our lives. All the time.

I don’t want to sound polemic,
certainly not didactic –
words with Greek origins
(but of course I had to tell
you that!), so I’ll not romp
with the Greek for now,
though that day is soon coming.

It is just that extreme vigilance
and patience are so necessary,
so required in these times.


Flawless editing. The acapella opening is priceless.


Author: Raymond Maxwell Librarian, archivist-in-training, retired foreign service officer and Navy veteran.

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