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And in Conclusion of My Life

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JerryPat2
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growing old
from the standpoint of moi
means what
exactly

I've lived life on the tilt
daring myself . . . to
step across the line
breathe uncontaminated air
not the staleness
of status quo
air which was mine alone
to consume
danced on the edge
sometimes falling off
with a laugh
getting back up
strutting on down the boulevard
snapping fingers
cool, yes indeed, way too cool

visited various beds
never took any of them
all that seriously
uh, yeah, there was that one
but the idiot that I was
only took it serious after it was gone
forever
I'm still paying for my folly
each and every day
and will
until the day I die
I'd found a rose
in a field of bitterweeds
God help me
I failed to understand
I'm so very sorry, Nanette

so!
here I am
spending my time remembering
my bandit ways
shaking my head at things I've done
not to worry
I'm okay with everything
by that I mean
I've forgiven myself
no longer let the past rule every waking moment
of course forgiving
and remembering are two
distance cousins
for to be completely blunt
and blunt is what I have often been accused of being
dammit there are some  things
you just can't forgive yourself for
but I've done my best

©May 14, 2017 / Jerry Pat Bolton

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

© Copyright 2017 Jerry Pat Bolton - All Rights Reserved
secondhanddreampoet
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a 'Universalist' !


1 posted 08-10-2017 11:46 AM       View Profile for secondhanddreampoet   Email secondhanddreampoet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for secondhanddreampoet

well 'penned' ... v. well 'said'! ... kinda' a 'spot-on' capture
of the life of the 'every-person,' especially amid this
double-post-modern "Runaway American Dream"
(most of what you wrote certainly applies to me as well).
JerryPat2
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2 posted 08-10-2017 12:09 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

I understand, and thank you for giving me some of your time to comment on my poem, it is greatly appreciated. Yes, trying to live and live it spontaneously is tried by many and, for the most part unsupervised, is a great folly. But we survive somehow. Thanks again.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

Poet In Pink
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Jerry what a wonderful poem my friend ~ Sounds like it has been a good life even with the ups & downs. Doing our best through life's journey is all any of us can ever do...Always remember ~ NO ONE is perfect Thank you for sharing a part of yourself ~ Much enjoyed as I always do ~ Alana
JerryPat2
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4 posted 08-11-2017 08:29 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Yes you are correct, Alana, no one is perfect. I spent many, many years being unperfect. Is that is even a word? I am contented with myself these days although I know there were times I should have zigged instead of zagged.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~
2islander2
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nothing is perfect jerry, it is good to have regrets, they mean you did something, thanks for the touching and end very well penned poem, to be read and read again.


yann
JerryPat2
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Ah, Yann, many, many thanks go out to you. This is classic, “it is good to have regrets, they mean you did something,” Yesss!

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

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