Thursday, 21 November 2013

A Life in the Day of the Human Race


All human relationships - including friendships - have their ups and down. If they matter to us, we must work at them. Should they flag and all but fail, we must do our best to revive them. Nor can we let foolish pride get in the way.

If we want to build bridges with someone badly enough, what does it matter who makes the first move?

Sadly, sometimes we have to face the fact that a relationship was never as worthwhile as we thought in the first place.

Let’s be honest though. It is too easy to find excuses for doing nothing. Doing something, on the other hand and…well, who knows?

A LIFE IN THE DAY OF THE HUMAN RACE

One day to remember,
one day to forget;
one day together, another
cruelly torn apart

One day for friendship,
one day for rage;
one day for love, another
blotting its page

One day to be, oh, so sure,
one day to doubt;
one day sharing my bed, another
in a rush to get out

One day, love and peace,
promising to endure;
one day it’s spring, another
already winter

One day, life’s lessons
to learn and share,
we students of life, another
finding us still here

Copyright R. N. Taber, 2007; 2013

[Note: An earlier version of this poem - under the title 'One Day' - first appeared in Awakening of the Soul, Poetry Now (Forward Press) 2003 & subsequently in Accomplices to Illusion by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2007; revised ed. in e-format in preparation.)

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