Poem: Mid-life Crisis? Who? Me?

Alright, alright, alright... so yesterday my boss says, "Your hair's getting kinda long." Now, he's a very cool dude and it don't confront him at all but he said, "People are talking." Of course I go, "What are they saying?" He said oh you know, "Is Mark having a mid-life crisis? Stuff like that..." So I got ticked and said, "They WISH they were me...." Ha... cocky Mark. By the way I've posted a follow-up to this entitled "Don't Put That Sign On Me." Anyway here's the inevitable poem that always happens:

They say
There's a crisis
Really? Whose?
Or yours?
Yeah my hair is longer
Yeah the girls seem younger
Yeah the words are stronger
Yeah the struts in my wander
Yeah... yeah
That's what they say
But... I hadn't noticed
Maybe... just maybe
That's because
It's not my crisis
It's yours
Like I said
I hadn't noticed
You sure did
Why is that?

I'll tell you what
I'll tell you
I'll tell you what I've noticed
I've noticed my honesty grow
To match your bank account
With every deposit
Your true self dies
They bought you
Your brain
Your personality
Your heart
Your soul
But I guess
You hadn't noticed
That's because
You are in a crisis
But it's normal for you
You see life from inside
The flames
It's as if
And everyone
Is on fire
But one who steps out
From the flames
Is not
In crisis

You locked yourself in
I freed myself
And in freedom
I live
In bondage
You die
But you don't want to die
So you bring me down
Don't bring me down
Just because you locked the door
On your own
Don't bring me into it
That was your choice
Leave my choice to me
When did my choices become painful
To you?
You don't notice me
I won't notice you
Unless you need help
With your crisis
Then I'm here
Don't invent one
For me

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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Terrific poem...lots of energy...enjoyed it. And I love the attitude.

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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thanks alekhouse... yeah it's full of attitude and it's a true story... the conversation with my boss and my reaction... leave me alone you know?

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Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

You're right, it's their crises not yours. To hell with 'em. Grow your hair long, ride a Harley, flirt with younger women -- whatever floats your boat. Live free and let the chickens squack about it. Cheers.

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rx4u 6 years ago

I agree with Doug! Besides, didn't Tupac also say, "F--- your boss?" Ok, so maybe he didn't, but with comments like that maybe you should. Ok, maybe you shouldn't, but then again you don't have to because I just did! You want me to call him and tell him what some "other people" are saying? Ha!!

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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Doug and rx4u! Hell freakin' yeah! The funny thing is I sent this to my boss and he liked it... we exchanged emails and then I sent him this one:

Don’t hang a sign on me cause I’ll take it down

You wear your sign and live with your frown

I don’t have a sign because none is needed

I live my life my way and I’ll never be defeated

Not by you

Or anyone else

Because only I can do that

To myself…..

He said that sounded like a good start for a rap song so be looking for this one when I have time....

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b. Malin 6 years ago

I say, live and let live...You don't strike me as someone who cares what "they" think. As Billy Joel sang, "It's my life". I liked this Hub!

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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you b.... live and let live... easy to say but so hard for people to do. Everybody judges for some reason...

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Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I've only just begun to realize this is not a dress rehearsal and it's now or never to live my life my way. I allowed others to control me. I lived that way so long I now must first sort out what I want. I love your style. It's honest, interesting, no pretense...real. Thank you

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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thanks Amy for the kind remarks... yes it's your life... we can still be responsible but maintain or develop our individuality. I'm not letting anyone make me feel like I'm weird or off or need "help" or whatever. I don't... I'm selfish maybe at times but it's my life... and yours... so GO FOR IT!

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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

Live for the moment and do what you truly want to, it's your life after all! Great poem as always.

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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author


Thank you young lady... maybe you'e already experienced this but life is a battle between who you are and what everyone want's you to be. They will manage your life, your wedding, your career... everything... people are so concerned about others and I think half the time it's just to make themselves feel better about themselves. I know I've been guilty of that in the past...

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BritKat 6 years ago from Springfield, VA

Couldn't have put it better!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

The good news is - pretty soon it''s so simple, easy and straightforward to just BE who you ARE (as if it were really optional?) - that you just "be" & hardly notice the funny looks or behind-the-hand whispers. LOL.

Nothing is less realistic than thinking your IS-ness is optional, anyway! But so long as people try to "fix" others or let them try to "fix" them, the illusion persists. And, of course, so do the frustrations from attempting the impossible. It's like trying to gift wrap an elephant. Something or other will keep tearing out of the package! Oneself really isn't an invention. It's a GIVEN.

Seriously though, at first it seems necessary to declare independence and set bounds where "they" don't get to trespass. But pretty soon you realize those are unnecessary totally. If people try to impose some other "being" on one, it just has no reception. Period. They realize you are not "there for them" in that way and if they feel impelled to try to "make over" someone, they'll have to look elsewhere. You're not available for their makeovers and they almost sense it before they'd even venture one little "should" on you. I love the adage, "Don't let anyone should on you." hehe No one will when you are convinced yourself.

I love this - came looking for it when I started reading the sequel first - so now I'm going back to that one. I'm proud of you! Hugs.

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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Britkat - yeah you could... you just have to get worked up and start typing!

@Nellieanna - well as usual you charm, teach and praise me in a very poetic manner. You are so right... we "shouldn't" let them get to us... I'm glad somebody said something because in the end it gave me more material to work with and it spawned your wise counsel...

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Exactly. Stuff fits into place. There is no problem. That's my religion in 4 words. There is no wrong version of what is. Just various erroneous efforts to superimpose "not-is" on it or to tie it up neatly into a prepackaged version. Like substitute sale or substitute sugar, it never tastes quite right.

You give me too much credit. I'm just encouraging you to be. You'd do it with or without my encouragement. ;-)

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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author


"There is no problem." Good one... it reminds of Kevin Bacon in Animal House, "All is well!" Even in the middle of a panic....

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kcharbneau 6 years ago

Cool, funny poem. Had to check it out just from the title.

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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you kcharbneau... it was supposed to be fun... and a little serious too...

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

In all-encompassing terms, there really is no problem. Those we encounter in everyday life are simply incidents, often consequences we have stirred up, and ever they are opportunities to learn and grow. So Kevin was right about those too. All is well. :-)

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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@nellieanna - I'm gonna have to remember the things you say and take them to heart because they are a way of life...

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