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The Great American Novel

Updated on May 14, 2014
Time on my side
Time on my side | Source

When the contact name

pops on my screen

I glance down

with a sad frown

and inwardly I groan.

I know these vibrations

all too well

interrupting my day

not to

check in with me

see how I’m doing

or what I might need.


it’s always

a self-serving request

to fill a need

fix a computer

see about a problem

do a favor.

When you know

of what

the contact might be

it's of no surprise

and the rut

becomes a normal

no big deal.

Of what in return,

oh well nothing much.

In case you hadn’t notice,

your presence is not necessary.

If my car breaks,

I take the bus.

If my computer messes up,

I fix it myself.

If my cat needs a sitter,

I take her with me on the road.

If my mail needs picking up,

I ask the Post Office to hold.

If I need a loan,

I take it out.

If I need a job,

I earn it myself.

So as you can see

you not talking to me

is a time of

beloved blessings

and a secret dream

long held close.

Imagine the time

I have

to decorate

craft a gourmet meal

count my pennies

start a class

and even


if I am very good

and try ever so hard

finally i might

just write

my very own

Great American Novel.


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    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 

      4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Marie...I know about that GAN...I even began an epistle with that title but it has stalled due to life!!! But mentally I still write it and who knows, one day, like you it may become a reality.

      and as your poem suggests,

      being self reliant is not such a bad thing after all.

      And isn't it flattering to be so 'needed' by others? :D :D :D

      Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      I love your thoughts. Yes, why not write the next great novel? Go for it!

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great interest here and so useful.

    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds like a great thought!

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      And why not? Fill the pages with your interesting days.

    • travmaj profile image


      4 years ago from australia

      Most honest and interesting and strangely identifiable. I've uttered many similar words. Time is concerning - so many scenarios when our time seems to belong to others.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is very interesting, truthfornow. I love the spirit of independence in the poem.

    • travmaj profile image


      4 years ago from australia

      I agree, interesting perspective and some self observances I can connect clearly connect with.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      There's never enough time...Good luck...

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi truthfornow, not sure if I should comment or give you more time to write that 'Great American Novel'. Seriously, this is an interesting hub. A lot of people find it easier to ask for help to try and sort things out themselves. They often say "if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it" and I think that is often true. Voted up.

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      Janet Giessl 

      4 years ago from Georgia country

      That's really direct and honest but I love that. Thank you for sharing your insights.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very Interesting perspective, thank you for letting us inside.


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