Oracle said

Oracle said

Oracle said
Poem for National Poetry Writing Month
using prompt from NaPoWriMo.net

Oracle said
to “stop before the sled end-
over-ends down
the chin of the hill”*

Am I on a sled careening
down a white-slick hill?
Is wishing my days away
until I move back home
making my sled pick up speed?

I am distracted by worries
like trees whipping by.
Will I get a job I like
that makes enough money
to support myself?
Will I find a warm house?
Will I be invited out on Friday nights?

Like a new graduate
in a hurry to grow up
and make a life,
am I not seeing the chin
of the hill coming?
Am I underestimating
the coming struggles?

Which is it?
Worrying too much
so just enjoy the ride?
Or put on the breaks,
get off the sled
and carefully
plod along in my heavy boots?

Oracle wouldn’t want me to
get off the sled.
The sled is getting me where I am going.
Just look where I am going
and change direction
if I see a cliff in front of me.
It’s all a journey, right?
And a journey rarely takes a straight road
so watch the road,
watch for a chin in the hill
and quickly adjust.
It’s all just part of the wild ride.

*from “Gymnopedies No. 3” by Adrian Matejka
quoted by Bibliomancy Oracle

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About createthedawn

Dawn’s calling is for her poetry to “light the gloomy corners of the world.” She facilitates writing workshops both online and face-to-face and is a dynamic speaker on inspiration, innovation, change, and healing. Dawn believes in the power of poetry to process, to focus, to align, and to find our way to happiness and fulfillment. Thus, her business and her blog are called: create the dawn.
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2 Responses to Oracle said

  1. “Chin of the hill” – I can see how this line would be inspiring, all I can see now are chins made of hills. I like the social commentary you’ve made on this and the nature of life passing us by if we are not too careful but we should still take time to enjoy the ride. Great piece, well done!

  2. Thanks David. Life is a grand ride for sure which is good to remember when the fears of our ego rear up on their hind legs for attention. Get-along-little doggies.

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