A watched pot will eventually boil –
you have to watch it long enough, is all.
Many things they told us in our youth
simply don’t hold up, like grin and bear it –
such silliness to say to a wounded child;
or like father like son – that predetermination
might be a curse; and it never rains
but pours – a light drizzle can be pleasant.
Still waters run deep: never really
understood how much sense that made –
stagnant waters breed mosquitos, deep
or shallow. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,
now we are talking some truth. But absence
makes the heart grow fonder? No way, no how.


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

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