One life’s all you’ve got

Such a hunger for life,
Such a need for living
More lives than just my own-
To be a boy again,
Ranging over fields and streams and parks,
And making games out of sticks, clouds and imagination.
To be caught up in the many tributaries of possibility,
Time and space giving up their secrets,
Coils of a snake taking one life
And giving another,
Worlds within worlds,
If only I could live them all.
But time is ticking and I only get one
The rest pile up in my head like a traffic accident 
And make me crazy,
Crazy to have some peace.
Like a gull I must return to the sea
And listen to the waves tell their endless story;
Everything’s different,
But everything’s the same.
Dreaming’s no crime just nature’s way of saying,
Spread your wings from time to time,
Write down or sing or paint it out before you burst,
And maybe you’ll bring something new and precious into the world.
But most of all just live,
Squeeze every drop,
Savior each breath,
For one life’s all you’ve got.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. charlesmashburn
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 16:09:09

    Wonderful write, Mark! Really reaches deep into the heart and finishes brilliantly. I really enjoyed this read!

    One of my recent offerings:


  2. Jingle Poetry At The Gooseberry Garden
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 16:41:55

    smart words…


    Hope all is well.

    Appreciated your support to Jingle Poetry Community, your inputs add light to our place, we would love to see you around weekly…

    Welcome sharing your talent in our new garden home.

    Random piece or old ones are welcome too.

    Bless you.
    Happy End of August.
    Hope to see you share today.


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