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" Wait a minute!"

Updated on July 21, 2013

Wait a minute!

Wait a minute!

Wait a minute

Once held meaning in the past.

Most youngster of today however,

never would have last.

Wait a minute

meant be patient, for soon you’ll have your way.

Todays young seek gratification

with little or no delay.

Wait a minute

meant moms were buying a little time,

Trying to teach these youngsters patience.

But now that’s just a crime.

Wait a minute,

meant you’d have to wait for your food to cook through,

more than just a minute of course.

Yet today that’s no longer true,

dinner is served at the local drive-through.

Wait a minute,

meant waiting to check-out at the grocery store,

no, no, not anymore.

Just do it yourself, there is no wait,

That’s the quickest way out the door.

Wait a minute,

meant sometimes listening to a busy dial tone,

youngsters of today, this they have never known.

For all of them now have a flashy smart-phone!

Wait a minute,

is surely a thing of the past,

Sadly our lives already go by way too fast,

So take the time to teach your children

“ to take a minute and make it last!”

waiting is the hardest part! (Tom Petty)


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    • wildove5 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Cumberland, R.I.

      Sometimes I wonder if we aren't too smart for our own good! All this technology makes life sometimes quicker and easier but seems to place us all in our own little bubble, closed off to the everything else around us. I believe most people don't even hear the birds singing anymore! It's sad that they will never know the good-ol-days! Oops, I just sounded like my parents! LOL Thank you, GYPSY, EPI,TILL,EIDDWEN,DDE, AND WAYNE!!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      It seems that we are constantly heading down the expressway of life.

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      7 years ago

      Great poem and great message. How true! I love the meter and rhyme of this poem. Amazing!

    • epigramman profile image


      7 years ago

      ..wait a minute, my favorite poetic dove, for I have missed you very much and it's so nice to see you back with your creativity once again.

      I will post your page here madly and gladly on my FB wall for everyone to see and read ..... and I sincerely hope all is well for you these days for you and your beloved family and I am sending 3 big Canadian hugs to you from Colin and Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel at lake erie time ontario canada 5:20pm and is it just me or is summer going really quick this year?

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      This is just sooo true! Everyone's in a hurry and looking for instant gratification. You've beautifully compared the past to now and how much things have changed....“ to take a minute and make it last!”

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      7 years ago from Wales

      Wait a minute while I tell you that this is great.

      Voted up and enjoy your day.


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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Life has changed so much and often time is of the essence

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      Wayne Barrett 

      7 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      And by going so fast...we are missing so much. Thumbs up!

    • wildove5 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Cumberland, R.I.

      Thank you Dj, I've been too tired to write lately, but I'm starting to feel the need! Thanks for the read!

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      DJ Anderson 

      7 years ago

      Oh, I love this one. You are so right.

      Everyone is always in a hurry.

      Good to see you on HP, my friend.


    • wildove5 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Cumberland, R.I.

      Thank you vicki, I wrote this just before I left to go to work a ( my second job) I am a ' Waitress,' I find it ironic that that is our title, since no-one likes to wait anymore! lol Thanks for stopping by, I have been reading more than writing lately, but i've been feeling the itch so keep an eye out for me.

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      7 years ago

      So true, wildove5. I constantly rebel against leading a sped up life. Sometimes it feels like constantly swimming against the current! I am so pleased to be in touch with you again. Seems to have been a long time! Great poem, very close to my heart!


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