Perhaps I'm Just Getting Old

These are a variety of thoughts that I put to rhyme as I was struck to do so through the years - some are from a boy in his teens, some from and man nearing 60 - are they all from the same person . . .


#1

What happened to the boy I used to be - is he lost, is he dead?

Is he still a feeling in my heart or just a memory in my head?

#2

If it's over here I am filled with fear,

But when it's over there how much I care?

If it's at my house I'll defend my spouse,

But when it's at your door what should I fight for?

We're compelled to fight for a man who's white,

But if the man is brown he's easy to turn down.

Can we say we are strong when we allow what is wrong?

It's not weak to fight for the things that are right.


#3

What is it that you're screaming,

So constant and so loud;

And why am I all alone,

Why isn't there a crowd?

Are you calling to the others,

Or is it only me;

Are you telling me who I am,

Or who I ought to be?

Does this have to be a mystery,

Must we work for every clue;

Why can't you simply tell us,

What it is that we must do?

So we conjure up some answers,

But our answers gender strife;

For it's only as we surrender to your Spirit,

That we know why we've been given life.


#4

A child dies of hunger because no one heeds her cries,

A neighborhood is blown to rubble then generals claim their prize.

Mommy makes daddy move out of the house when she no longer believes his lies,

Is man by nature good or bad? How can the question even arise?!

#5

Record every word that is spoken,

Preserve each artifact and token;

Every challenge he faces,

This man will go places;

Never mind that every wheel has been broken.


#6

Is believing in God a ridiculous thing?

Was it nature who taught the birds how to sing?

Would nature take time or have anything at stake,

To make a beautiful pattern for each and every snowflake?

And the greatest mystery if God is not there,

Is leaving the womb and breathing in air.


#7

His day is filled with things that need done,

And when he's home he needs a drink;

Time to relax and be entertained,

But what about time to think?

Now that he's home she's got nothing to say,

But she hopes that the phone will ring;

She's got plenty to say about neighbors and friends,

But she doesn't have a song to sing.

If we do lots of things and have lots of stuff,

Then everyone thinks that we've won;

But only if we take time to think and to sing,

Can we say something worthwhile was done.

#8

Let's figure it out, what's life all about?

If just one would know, we'd have something to show.

But the answer's not there, and since most just don't care,

We laugh and we cry, and we hope we don't die;

We focus our thought, on things we ought naught;

If our hair's not just right, we can't sleep at night,

We must have what's new, never seeking what is true;

We strive only for fun, from truth we must run.

We're alive for a season, there must be a reason,

So instead of just playing, why isn't everyone saying;

Let's figure it out, what's life all about?


#9

I would not have a restless will, lunging to and fro;

Seeking for some great thing to do, or secret thing to know;

I would be loved like a child, and guided where I go.


#10

One day long ago as I sat in the grass, not one moment lingered all had to pass.

And in my youth I wasn't aware, that someday soon I would ache to again be there.

When a moment passes we don't know it, but we'll remember each and become a poet.



All photos used in this hub are personal photos taken by myself or family or friends.

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snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

Hello MickeySr, I enjoyed your poetic retrospection. We never stop seeking for answers in this life, so true. Regards, snakeslane


kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

Oh Mickey come on, these are brilliant and I have not seen many better. I am just thrilled you hubbed this

OMG I loved this;

Is believing in God a ridiculous thing?

Was it nature who taught the birds how to sing?

Would nature take time or have anything at stake,

To make a beautiful pattern for each and every snowflake?

and this;

Let's figure it out, what's life all about?

If just one would know, we'd have something to show.

But the answer's not there, and since most just don't care,

We laugh and we cry, and we hope we don't die;

We focus our thought, on things we ought naught;

If our hair's not just right, we can't sleep at night,

We must have what's new, never seeking what is true;

BRAVO my friend seriously it has touched me deeply, that means you got it in you and so naturally. Keep em coming okay?

Keep on hubbing

Kimberly


kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

ps I put this one on my blog!


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MickeySr 5 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Kimberly,

Honest, really, I wish you could know how much this means to me. I feel, when I publicly question the legitimacy of my writing (particularly my poetry) receiving any authentic appreciation, that I'm appearing to twist my toe in the dust and dig my chin into my chest in an effort to seem adorably modest - but sincerely, I'm vacant of any sense of how my writing is perceived by others. As I said, I know when I know what I'm talking about and when I don't, and I live my life in a more self-assured manner than I have any real reason to - but I've always been just off to the side of 'normal' enough to own no clue how I, or my expression of myself, is perceived by others.

I am confident that you are being straight with me and I hold you in high esteem, so, I adore you for your interest and the time you take to pat me on the head a bit . . . and please know I take it as genuine encouragement. Now, please direct me to your blog . . ?

Kimberly, thank you, you are special to me.


kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

Mickey back for another god shot of inspiration

I thank yoiu



kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

this is one of three blogger blogs

check all 3 they always switch around on me

http://lyricsingray-mymindsworld.blogspot.com/


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MickeySr 5 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Kimberly, I did see your bio on Sunnie Day's site . . . I'm delighted she recognizes how special you are and I'm sure you count it an honor to be featured in this way - I love it, but I think everyone should know who you are and that you should be celebrated.


kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

you proposing an interview hub? Got it in you?


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MickeySr 5 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

. . . hmmm, good idea. . ? You should though, you have many more followers (I'm sure) I think I remain relatively unknown here, don't know if I could enlist anyone for an interview. You should do it, but let me interview you as the premier edition . . .

Kimberly,

1. Is believing in God a ridiculous thing?

2. You write about really dark times in your life - is this, at this point in your life, easy for you or still difficult?

3. Did you initially write about your personal hurt to help others and were surprised how it helped you?

4. What do you see in another's hub that causes you to move on without reading it . . . uninteresting subject, poorly written from the start, an unpleasant demeanor (arrogance, etc), too long?

5. If you could only read one hubber for the next year, which one of MickeySr's hubs would you turn to first?


kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

1, spiritual

2.horrific

3.absolutely

4.1st paragraph of copy that's stale or badly art directed layout

5.your first and round i'd continue to go

come on you can do better than that all i'll say is i say the truth many don't 'get' me but that's cool cause i do


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MickeySr 5 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

By answering "spiritual" do you suggest that any manner of organized 'official' teaching has no appeal for you?

Do you think there will come a time when sharing the account of those dark times in your life will no longer be horrific? Do you want there to be such a time?

I've come to think the 'art direction' of my "Saturday Matinee" hubs is crappy looking, but have not bothered to go back and repair . . . I inserted too much theater-like graphics and the hubs don't look clean or sophisticated - yet you left a favorable comment (though, your comment was directed at the film I suppose, not my hub). Do you have a general philosophy or approach to the design and look of your hubs, like; simple, lush, uncluttered, striking, etc?

. . . you say many don't 'get' you - what do you imagine they misapprehend about you?


kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

this needs to be done in a ping pong email which i'll answer everything on same email, when you are feeling it cut and paste to comment or smarter yet a hub, i do tons of interviews this way, i like that your mickey is coming out, that's my inspiration the man with no boundries smart as a whip keep catching me offguard please paste these questions and email them to me

Fun i say! I like your style and this hub will do wonders in so many ways for you

bring it on

fair?


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MickeySr 5 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

I think I will sned you such a ping-pong email . . . just because i want to know you - if it seems useful to do so, I'll make a hub of it . . . actually, it will be useful and I will make a hub of it.

In the meantime; I love your current avatar photo, but it seems even more like you to me like this ~ (I didn't know how best to get this photo to you, can't upload photos into a comment, so I added it to a hub of mine that no one has ever read and gets no hits . . . after you find it, I will delete it from my hub - and, there is another I put there that is a favorite of mine). . . look toward the end of this hub ~

http://hubpages.com/literature/A-Terribly-Blunt-Fa...


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Mickey this is wonderful ...the pictures the poem.. you are so honest and your poetry is awesome! I have so much to learn from you .. I voted way up and awesome and beautiful and interesting and sharing

Debbie


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Terrific poem. Alas time does pass but sweet memories do remain.

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