WELCOME TO THE HUMAN RACE

Happy Happy


 

Welcome to the Human Race

A Uniquely amusing, confusing place

With highs so high

And lows so low

We find we don't know

Which way to go

Where no means yes

And yes means no

Where you must guess

For, you surely don't know


Welcome to the human race

Where everything seems out of place

Where nothing is as it seems

And answers are only found in dreams


Yes, step right up and make your bid

You’ll probably regret the moment you did

But, what the heck, it’s do or die

And if you’re wrong, you can always retry


Oh, pick a card from one to ten

If yours doesn’t turn up

You can do it again

This time, for sure, your card will show

And if it doesn’t…give it another go


A roller coaster ride with a dizzying high

And then, next you know

You’re in a plunging dive

The peaks so tall, almost out of reach

Then, in a moment of time,

You’re in a breach.


But, have no fear, do not dismay

You’re only an actor in this lifelong play

And just like Jim Carey, in the life of Truman,

You’ll come back to earth

You’re only human


This thing we call life, day in day out

Trying to discover what its all about

Often believing we’ve lost our way

We crave what we want,

We plead and we pray

Wishing ‘someone’ or something

We might sway


But have no doubt, there’s help ahead

You just might find what you need

Instead.


Oh, step right up and state your case

Right or wrong

You must save face

So go along,

Keep with the pace

Afterall, you’re just one

In the Human Race


"Don't be afraid, come on in

Give it a try!

Give it a spin!

Black or red?

"It's not a sin!'

Without a risk

You'll never win!"



We’ve made our bed

In hurry and haste

We lay down our head

And ponder the waste

Or futile attempts at love and loss

We still try to ‘fix it’

No matter the cost


"What did I do wrong?

Didn't I follow the rules?

How could I have known

Life could be so cruel?"


"How has this come to be?

What could have gone so sour?

What will become of me?

Here, in my darkest hour."


When all seems hopeless

And you see no light beyond

When you feel you've lost your compass

Remember

The darkest hour is just before the dawn


So, here’s a heads up

And a hint and a clue

The problem is without

And not within you

If you acted in truth

And said what you meant

Then, take it to heart

The time was well spent.


Don’t worry, don’t hate

That imagined lost time

For, up to this date

Learning is no crime

While happiness IS possible

And so sublime!


Please take what you need

And forget about the rest

Put this formula in motion

Put it to the test

Forgive and forget

Lest we find is the case

That, ‘there but for fortune”

"I could be in his place."


There is an answer to our fears

Our many misgivings and our tears

It's as simple as pie

And, this you might try

Cast aside your concerns

With a ‘done that, been there’

And please take solace

In The Serenity Prayer



Smile, rejoice, believe and care

And in doing so

You’ll find right there

In front of you, another who knows

And, sadness, dispair

Out the window it goes!!


Share your heart, your dreams and more

Soon you’ll find others at your door

Wanting to spend a moment or two

For, they know they've found a friend

in you

And yes!, the favor is repaid

As a new pal you will have made

And no sooner then when you do

You'll know delight in even more friends,

Too!

So….

 

Welcome to the Human Race

Where you can find your way through grace

With open heart, and loving ways

You’re sure to have better days

Give yourself and others a break

C’mon, how much effort

Does this take?


To live and let live

In this dance called life

Learn to forgive

Let go of your strife

Just be aware that

As is so often said

Better to have lived

Being glad that you did

Even with mistakes

As you backwards slid


But, thank God, there’s a lesson in

All that has past

Before we continue on

To a lifetime that will last

To err is human

To live is a blast!!!


I wrote this silly little poem in honor of all our 'human-ness." During the last several weeks, many of those whom I care so much about have expressed, in one way or another, morose, sorrow, regrets and more....feeling down and dismayed. There are some, among us, who are feeling particularly down; with dark thoughts and self loathing..... I thought that I wanted to write something a little upbeat, putting all of it into perspective...that, not only do we all go through misgivings and grief, but that we are not alone when we do experience these self depracating thoughts and feelings. What has made all of us so close and real and human, are our foibles, our errors and crazy ideosyncracies...and that we've had the fortitude to open up to our friends, here...in an effort to reach out..even if we don't realize this consciously or would deny it...we are all in the same position here on lifeboat earth.


I love my friends...hope you got a laugh and a little uplift w/this thing.


Kathy

 

 

 

 

 

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Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

We all are in the rat race. A beautiful take on humanity.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you, Binaya.Ghimire! Yes, sometimes, it appears so...and is. Appreciate your visit and comment. I had fun with this one.


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vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

This is a great scribe Kathy, the ups and downs of life, the heartache, the heart brake and everything in between that keeps us going, we are all but one on this big earth we all strive for the same thing. Voted UP,UP and away, Beautiful

God Bless


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catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

Thanks for reminding me that everyone has problems. Sometimes you feel so alone and that everyone else is doing fine. It makes you feel hopeful that others are going through it too and hanging in there. Life can be so hard sometimes, but your poem gives me hope!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Welcome, VietNamVet and catgypsy. Yes, this life can be topsy turvy, can't it? So many of us saying the same thing in different ways; I wanted to "soften" the blows that we feel from time to time. Lots of people are going through "something" right now and, if you've felt just a little less isolated after reading this silly poem then, I'm happy that it helped...just reminding us that we ARE NOT alone and, whatever we may be going through; we aren't the first and, surely, we will not be the last...hopefully, this lessens the impact of hurtful times.

thank you two wonderful people, Steve and catgypsy, for visiting. Kathy


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your cybersister 5 years ago from Just relocated from Florida to the mountains of North Carolina

This hub of yours came at a good time for me - thanks! It kinda goes along with something that my husband says to me when I get a little too down on myself. He reminds me, "It's tough being only human, isn't it?" And he's right, sometimes it is, but I'm obviously not alone in my humaness...thank goodness!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi cybersister! You are one of several who were in my thoughts as I wrote this....after reading your latest hub; and those of others; I felt compelled to put it into words we all could understand, relate to and, hopefully...laugh at...with one another! Glad you like it and that you, too, know that no one is alone in their searching. Your friend, Kathy


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I love this Kathy. It's upbeat and witty. Sometimes we let life get us down, then remember we're all in this human race together. I feel so close to all my Hub friends. Your ' Lifeboat Earth ' comment is wonderful. Thank you.

Ruby


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

I needed this today.

So timely and beautiful. Taking time to think of others, and creating prose to lift them out of the shadows and into the light. Thank you, mission accomplished.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Always and AA...so glad that you enjoyed this and could see the humor as well as the truth in it. I thought this up for several of the wonderful people here who have written about self doubt, questioning, loss and more...I thought "hey, we're all in the same boat!" Let's have a laugh about it, shall we?! So glad it helped you, Augustine..even the brightest, bravest and most apparently immune to day to day woes among us needs an uplifting word, huh?

Love you both!!

Kathy


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ahorseback 5 years ago

You are so right Lucky , It is always those like you who pull through for us! Thank you for that!....:-}


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi ahorseback! yes, we all are a member of this particular club..none of us are immune and so, we may as well laugh together and with oneanother. Thank you for the visit and comment!!


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Oh my Kathy, you've written a sweeping stream of consciousness and remarkable poem here. The poem is a lot of things but silly is not one of them. " All the worlds a stage....' No matter how bad we think we've got it, someone else has it worse. Thats been said before but its forever true. And your friends thank and love you too.}{


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Awww..thank you, kind Mr. Alastar Packer. Very much appreciated comment from you; one whom I respect and admire; whose writing skills are forever improving and whose story subjects are just wonderful! I am very pleased that you liked this one. Kathy


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

This was such an upbeat poem that it made you feel better just reading it. I liked it very much. Rated awesome.


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Bail Up ! 5 years ago

Variables in life keep us on our toes, that's for sure. Very nicely written and put together. Can't do anything else but rate up all the way across.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Pamela99, so pleased that you liked this and happy that you visited my effort here on HP.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Bail Up! First of all, I love your name...complete with exclaimation point! I use them all the time. Thank you for the visit and kind comment and positive votes up, and your statement which, btw, I agree with 100%.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

OMG Kathy,

Are you talkin' to me HA!!! What a great piece you put together here. You so understand me my friend. Thank you so much for sending all your HP friends such positive vibes about simply being human. Voted all the way across the board . . . AWESOME!

Sharyn


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TKs view 5 years ago from The Middle Path

Hey Lucky Cats,

What a wonderful little prose.

When life all around gets tough,

your words can soften the blows.

Keep it going, there's never enough

Livin' life by followin' my nose,

taught me, the bad is just more stuff.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Sharyn...Hi my dear! Well, yes...you and about a million other people! LO. Of course, I've been reading some of the hubs here and 'reading between the lines' here and there and...well, uhh, in a word..Yes. "cause this little ditty applies to all of us while in our less than ecstatic state! Love ya! kathy


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

TK's view...just seeing your comment now...what a great addition to the ongoing saga put to words in poetry! You used a phrase, "the bad...." My best friend Al refers to life's negatives and troubles as "the bad." took me home for a second! thank you for a great comment and for visiting. I sure hope you see that I, finally, saw your great poem and visit to my site. thank you very much and, if there were 'ratings' for comments, I'd vote yours UP, Funny, Awesome , Beautiful, Useful and TRUE!! Kathy


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TKs view 5 years ago from The Middle Path

Well shucks, little lady. Was feeling a bit ignored after not getting a response, but I'm better now. Read your profile and applaud the work you do. If you look closely at my picture, you'll see I'm a friend of the animal kingdom too, although I don't have what it takes to house them all. With that said, I've got three cats and two dogs and no social life. That reminds me it's feeding time.

Thanks for the wonderful reply.


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epigramman 5 years ago

....dig your new profile picture my friend - that's hot with a couple of big T's - HoTTTTTTTTTTTTT !!!!!!

...and then there is the writing.

Must post this to my Bookface page with a direct link back here which will bring you all of the members of the San Fran Giants and the two surviving Beatles - and my god you even mentioned one of my favorite movies TRUMAN - one of the pure pleasures at the Hub was meeting (and learning from) you dear Kathy!!!!!

Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel say hello and there is a new half moon over my lake wishing you continued health and happiness.

lake erie time 1:28am with believe it or not, Metallica and Ray Davies singing You Really Got me (The Kinks)


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi TK! So glad that we've gotten that little glitch straightened up! Love your picture with the beautiful friend by your side...and 3 cats, 2 dogs...."That reminds me..it's feeding time." Yes, I understand completely. No social life...ditto! But it's all good! I love my animal family so much that nothing will ever come first for me; they depend upon me and my constant care...and so be it. I am going to take time to catch up on your writing; I really value what I've read thus far. Thank you again for the visit!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Colin, Eman! So happy to see that you've read my poem and appreciate it. This means a great deal to me. I think you are being far too kind when you say you've learned from me..no no no...I believe it's the other way around! Through your example, I decided to give a different writing style a try. Had I not been so impressed w/your innate ability to conjure up images and visions through the written work; I would not have ventured into unknown and untested waters. I find I thoroughly enjoy the effort. Uh..it's just a white tee shirt and jeans...after yard work...but, I wanted to share the beautiful view looking westward out the large windows which span that side of my Ca. home...such a peaceful and tranquil scene. There is a doe and fawn living here; they've been displaced by all the development which has destroyed their home habitat so, they now live in my back yard....with apples, plums, foilage, fresh water and safety.

Anyway, I digress...Colin, I have visited your wonderful writing on more than several occasions but, with all your faithful followers, I fear you may have missed my visits thus thinking I don't travel your way...see what you have? So much love and support that I am happy for you and pleased that you found this little poem I wrote w/several of my Hub friends in mind. Much regards..Kathy


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A great hub Kathy told in your own unique style. I have so much catching up to do with hub reading and I am so glad to have come accross this one of yours.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Sweetie Eiddwen! Thank you for your always wonderful and positive comments....always so appreciated. I know what you mean about falling behind in reading and catching up as best as one can...so many fabulous writers..so much creative expression here on HP's it's very difficult to keep up and I worry that I have missed someone's new writing and then, start searching! I see you've written a new one (or two) so I'm going to your page right now and , btw...Debra...you! And look how absolutely wonderful you are! Bless you and yours


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epigramman 5 years ago

....don't worry my dear Kathy I have and I always will appreciate you for who you are and your fabulous writing ability and your sacred visits to my humble little hub loft ..... lake erie time 1:59pm ...... now for that dip in the water on a very humid day here.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Oh Eman...thank you..and, thank you!!!!! Add a touch of "Bless you," too.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Kathy this is awesome!! It is not often that a beautiful peace of work can also inspire and make you laugh as well. This is a wonderful tonic and just what I needed. You are a very talented lady and it's always uplifting and a pleasure to read your work. Voted up + bookmarked as a favourite.

Ps - I hope you don't mind, but I've tweeted this on to a friend of mine who is not having that a great time. I think she will love this. Bright Blessings.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Seeker! Of course, you are welcome to share this w/whomever you wish....this is what it was written for...others (and myself)...when times are tough and we feel a little lost or down...it's good to know that we are not alone, that what we're going through is not the first time and that we can, later, look back in relief and laugh "with" ourselves! Thank you for the wonderful comment, Seeker...truly appreciate your kind words. kathy


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Naomi's Banner 5 years ago from United States

This reminds me of the song " live and let live " when I was younger. ( smile ) thanks for the poem!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Naomi...thank you....Paul McCartney...right?


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago

Want to read it again. Got so engrossed. I'll have a second take at it. Good job.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Don Balderas! Glad you enjoyed this...yes, it does tend to go on and on, doesn't it. But..just laugh and smile and be merry and have a fabulous day!!! Welcome to HP's.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Kathy, thanks for posting a link to this poem of yours on Facebook. What a lovely, positive and joyful presentation of the sad existence of the human race - perfect joy and happiness and peace always out of our reach to strive for. This, too, is what distinguishes us from animals. We need more, we want more, so much more than monkeys.... But everything we need more than they, is worthwhile to have.

Voted up and absolutely brilliant. Take care!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

"To err is human

To live is a blast"

Dear Girlfriend, Kathy,

I am so grateful to Martie (another best girlfriend) for sharing this NEW (to me, evergreen article of yours) on FB. I must not have yet been following you or just missed in this crazy busy world...

Like Sharon (above), I thank you for writing this to me and me alone (LOL)! Obviously you have struck a universal chord with so many of us. For me, I am bookmarking what I consider to be one of the most classic pieces I have ever read by you/ anyone. I need this now especially, what an inspirational boost!

Voted UP & UABI-- absolutely fabulous and on target!

Hoping life is treating you well in this phase of your journey. You are missed and hoping you will return when you can. All my love, Maria


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Wonderful Kathy such an uplifting and fun hub. Great job. Thank you for sharing,

Love,

Sunnie


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I am so glad I chose this Hub out of all your work to read tonight. Your writing is fantastic. This is a beautiful piece of work. You chose your words so wonderfully and meaningful. We are all "in this together", aren't we?? Life is beautiful, I think! I voted this UP, etc.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Martie, Mar, Sunnie and Mary...so glad this gave you a boost and that you enjoyed it. I had fun writing it, too...there was so much I wanted to cover in order to relate to all our 'woes' as well as 'victories' in life...Thank you very much for the always wonderful comments.


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We Save Cats 4 years ago from SE Kansas

Good morning Kath. I just read this again. Wow. It's great. We all are missing you so much. come home soon, the kits and dogs are in withdrawel. I love my friend.


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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Oh, how I love this one! Kathy, this is so true! An insightful, astonishing piece! =) Fascinating!


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Awwww! BeyondMax..you are so cool. I just republished a July 4th tribute to my Hub friends....and I want you to know that YOU are on the top of the list of my newer Hub friends I've met since I wrote it. if you get a chance....just add your name to the sentiments I've shared there.

http://hubpages.com/holidays/4TH-OF-JULY-TRIBUTE-T...


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bluebird 4 years ago

A wonderful poem, it brought tears to my eyes. It is well-written and a real lift and inspiration. Good job...and thank you for sharing! It can only help!!!


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Bluebird. I had so much fun writing this...it was inspired by a dear friend here on HP... we all had a laugh, after it. Sometimes, we do just have to laugh at ourselves. Thank you for the kind comment.

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