It’s really not amazing that I take most of my lessons to heart and they stay there, and I do not repeat the mistakes…. I simply learn from them. I have a few that keep returning as remedial lessons, though. Patience is one of my biggest lessons.
Don’t get me wrong… I can be the most patient person in the world about MOST things, but some things? They keep reappearing in different forms to teach me. This should not and does not surprise me. That’s what life is all about, isn’t it? I learn my lessons and grow through them, but sometimes I need a refresher course. I think that I am in the middle of one right now. I know this lesson will keep coming back in many forms. I guess that sometimes it just takes a while to recognize it while it is tapdancing on my brain..
When I write poetry, I rarely go for rhythm and rhyme, but this one put itself on paper tonight. It's pretty bad, but gets the point across if you look for it! It probably needs a million re-writes, but here is version #1 as it came from my head to the keyboard. With apologies to theREAL poets amongst us!
A tree stretches forth…
Its branches to the sun,
Its source of food through light.
Through wind and rain,
It gains its strength
To withstand storms and blight.
Then come the Spring, work’s benefits
Are evident by sight.
A moth flies forth
Into the night,
In search of warmth, a fight.
With no plans,
In all directions,
He is impatient in flight
Upon the porch
Quite near the tree
He encounters an electric light.
Seem perfect but for this plight:
The light’s not warm, it’s overhot
…and try hard, though he might
Eventually, his mistake is clear,
He falls out of our sight.
Though the lesson may be sad, it’s true
We have two choices in life.
We can do the work, withstand the storms,
With patience and our might
Or take the easier, faster road,
I keep re- learning what’s right!