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I Am Wistful

Updated on March 25, 2012

If I can imagine it, why can't I obtain it?

Unobtainable, unlikely, or impossible?
Unobtainable, unlikely, or impossible? | Source

If I can imagine it, why is it unobtainable? Does human nature make it so?

I am wistful.

The dictionary says that is “yearning for something unobtainable.”

It isn’t the yearning for a princess. I have one.

And it isn’t yearning for a lot of money. I have enough.

It isn’t yearning for another trip home. I will go before July.

It isn’t yearning for a good home. I’m living in, and paying for one now.

It isn’t wanting to play on the first team, varsity. I’ve been there and done that.

It isn’t to have enough to eat. I and most Americans do or can.

I’m not waiting for electricity, running water, a refrigerator, car, or TV. Most of us have those now.

I’m yearning for better government, a world at peace, religious "religious leaders", the best schools, honest prices, safe medicines, kind neighbors (though I’m lucky in that regard, too), clean air, clean entertainment, fewer laws and regulations to trip up the unwary, honest politicians with a strong civic spirit, capable energetic leaders who are wise, and universal morals and ethics which will stand the tests of time.

I am indeed wistful.

Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

Drawing up a Wish List....


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    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      It is still true that at least some of us are wistful, remembering an America with higher value, a higher sense of willingness to sacrifice for each other, etc. .

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      phdast7: You have said it, too. We are all wistful for a future as bright as we remember the past, and as bright as we know the future can be, if only there is more truth, honest effort, community spirit, love, and virtue.

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Me? Coming from a writer of your caliber, I am honored by your words. Thank you.

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Amy Becherer: What a blessing that real writers write the Hub Comments and have something real to say, while knowing how to say it!

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      Theresa Ast 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I think I understand your wistfulness and I share it. A good family, a good life, good friends -- these are important, these are essential.

      But there is something more -- there is a longing for a safe and supportive community, a creative and interesting society, strong and fair and true government -- and sometimes I think we are wistful for those things. Those things that existed in the past, why we feel like existed in the past. Whether they really did or not we want them to be true, deep in our spirits we hunger for them to be true.

      Thank you for reminding us, for reminding me of this important longing. Blessings. SHARING

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Unfortunately, the political arena has the makings of a circus. "Send in the Clowns" could be the theme song. Lofty aspirations and wistful longings for peace, fairness and justice would entail a connection with the disappearing middle class and the poor. The clowns I've seen at the podium never have enough, as the American public realizes from the salaries they take home. When Mitt Romney made a failed attempt to connect with Americans he managed to botch the deal with his inane statement that he likes cars and his wife has two cadillacs! As they continue to spew their hate speech at each other and lack of tolerance for the downtrodden, and then offer insincere, meaningless apologies, it is apparent to me that even with help, they haven't the intellect for forethought or ability to come across with empathy or understanding. My feeling is that your beautiful longings are a long ways away.

      Thank you for your timely, magnificently meaningful read. It is an excellent, fresh reminder as to what is really important. My dad was not greedy and more than happy having only what he needed. Your piece made me smile as I remembered my father's remark when I wanted to buy TWO pair of shoes "Why do you need two when you can only wear one pair at a time".

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Vicki Goldsberry: What a neat Comment "succinct with uniersal appeal"! I couldn't have paid for a better one!

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      geetika iyer 6 years ago from India

      You have penned down the real need of the hour. I became very pensive with your thoughts...

      "I scream,

      you scream,

      we all scream for the modern voters' real dreams!"

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      EclecticFusion: Recognizing that there are real needs out there, and that not everyone has enough of the right foods, a car, or can even afford enough gas if they have a car, these are some of the things I Am Wistful about that could solve a lot of the other problems which still exist and have other folks wisful, too.

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Maybe we are all wistful for those things or should be--

    • Vicki Goldsberry profile image

      Vicki Goldsberry 6 years ago from Texas

      Bittersweet tribute to -- the human condition? Succinct, with universal appeal.

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      Lisa 6 years ago from Tennessee

      I believe we are all forever wistful. Awesome hub and it makes one think! Voted awesome, beautiful, and way up!


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