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Pancakes and Stop Lights

Updated on February 19, 2011
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In the eternal pause at a red light

Do you ever slip away and look down at yourself

Listen to your head tell your tapping foot

"Wait for it, wait for it"

And wonder at yourself seeing the impatience there

Where does it come from, why the hurry?



You have learned that life is in the moments

That time is an illusion

That the illusion is a game and you

Are playing it well

You asked, why are we here?

And you were answered

"Wait for it, wait for it"

You followed the pendulum swing

Marking its furthest points at love

And fear



 
Wise ones pop up like tarts in a toaster

Eager to answer your insatiable appetite

Everyday now you absorb life's secrets

Like a pancake drowning in syrup

Heavy with knowledge, struggling to contain it

Every answer removing you

A little farther from this vessel




What if the foot doesn't heed the head

Stomps the gas solidly in the red

Garbage truck takes you broadside

Slams you back to the other side

What if you've eaten your last breakfast

Sounds like fear, or love of life?

Still so many questions

Get back in that body
 
Get back in the game

"I said WAIT for it"

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    • Patricia Costanzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Costanzo 

      7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

      Scribbles I think a lot of poetry is just that.

      Hi Fireblossom. Is the genie a tv commercial thing? I've never seen it. From one extrapolator to another, thank you!

      Greetings Adam. I get sucked into speed all too often. I beg my children not to take after me.

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      Adam White 

      7 years ago

      See, I get wrapped in these moments all too frequently. When I realise I actually like going slowly, everything seems fine again. Great work.

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      Fireblossom 

      7 years ago

      I like that catchphrase "wait for it" (especially when the fruit n fiber bar genie says it, lol) and what a fantastic extrapolation you've done on it here.

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      Scribbles and Diversions 

      7 years ago

      Thoughts of a moment, caught and reflected on

    • Patricia Costanzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Costanzo 

      7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

      Thanks Lori. I appreciate your feedback.

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      lori 

      7 years ago

      oh, I really like how it all leads up to the last stanza to really bring the point home. Nicely done!

    • Patricia Costanzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Costanzo 

      7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

      @wolfsrosebud I envision you saying that with a wrinkled brow. It's o.k., I get that a lot actually. :P

      Hi Ayala. I suppose living in the moment means just that. Eat that pancake as if it is your last pancake.

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      ayala 

      7 years ago

      This is cool...we are always rushing..what if it is the last breakfast or the last moment ....

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      wolfsrosebud 

      7 years ago

      Interesting thought process...

    • Patricia Costanzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Costanzo 

      7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

      Hi Emmanuel. Funny I caught you at breakfast, contemplating dinner myself.

      Thinking Pat? I couldn't ask for much more.

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      Pat Hatt 

      7 years ago

      What would be worse is if the garbage truck spilled over on you

      You'd be smelly and probably give a curse too

      So obeying those red lights sometimes pays off

      Although at others nothing is around and you just scoff

      Enjoyed the one shot by you

      Made me think about a thing or two

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      Emmanuel Ibok 

      7 years ago

      You know I was having breakfast while reading this...so when I got to the breakfast part, I'm like, wow!..,lol Good stuff here.

      Bless!

    • Patricia Costanzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Costanzo 

      7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

      Good plan Brian... good plan :)

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      brian 

      7 years ago

      yeah...i dont want to be hit by that garbage truck...as hard as it is sometimes to wait...i think i will slow down just a bit...

    • Patricia Costanzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Costanzo 

      7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

      Wow, that is definitely one of the nicest comments Ive recieved. I'm most excited that you relate to and understand it.

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      BenWritings 

      7 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      WOW, I honestly am blown away by this. This is one of the few poems that truly hits me, and amazes me. This has some fantastic meaning behind it, and is written in an unusual, and VERY true way

      I understood the meanings you intended in this, and they are very real.

      The movie Donnie Darko breaks down the greatest of positive and negative emotions into love and fear. :]

      What IS the hurry, anyway?

      This is absolutely fantastic, I'm serious. One of my favorites...not because of the poetic form, or the BEAUTY of the words...but because of the deep, unique, and interesting truth behind it.

      Respect, and mad props for this. :D

    • Patricia Costanzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Costanzo 

      7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

      Thanks for coming by robie2. I appreciate you commenting.

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      Roberta Kyle 

      7 years ago from Central New Jersey

      I like it too--wonderful images, wonderful energy thanks

    • Patricia Costanzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Costanzo 

      7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

      I like mine buttered, and thank you.

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      Tom Rubenoff 

      7 years ago from United States

      I like my tarts toasted. And I like this poem.

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