Hope for Plain Sailing

Relationships and occupations
death in the family
and other amputations
weddings and grocery shopping.
Life offers up bumps and twists
at every stage we travel through.
Racism, sexism,
just I-don’t-want-to-know-you.
Chest pain, stomach ache, swine flu,
and better and worse are the
land mines we negotiate trying
to keep our souls in tact.

Endings, standings,
delivering come-uppings,
births and christenings.
Finding acceptance.
Hugging a bigot or keeping your distance.
Successful surgeries, bed rest
meditation and medications
that pull us from the edge
bringing us back for more of this.

It’s all part of the journey.
To each of us our portions of
crazy and volatile with
a measure of calm mixed in.
Plain sailing then is
a matter of perception
and depends on
what gumption we bring
to each situation.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

This poem is for the napowrimo prompt #24, find a phrase Visit the post to see the details of this prompt. “Plain sailing” caught and kept my attention.

About Shari Smothers

Welcome to Telling Stories, my creative writing space. My name is Shari Smothers. Poems help me to understand the world and to explain my world to others. They're my premier story telling tools. There's more to come, so please share with me through reading, commenting, emailing. Learn more about Shari here. And do come again!

9 thoughts on “Hope for Plain Sailing

  1. Shari–I really like this! I enjoy and appreciate how you handled each stanza, and I couldn't agree more with the final one. Well done!

  2. Hi Robin:
    I'm glad you enjoyed reading this. Thanks so much for sharing your response.
    Shari

  3. Hi J.D.:
    I'm glad you liked it. “Anthem-like” I rather like that. Thanks for visiting my site and sharing your response.
    Shari

  4. Hi Dan:

    It's all in it, right? :~) Thanks for sharing your response.

    Shari

  5. Hi Robin:
    I'm glad you enjoyed reading this. Thanks so much for sharing your response.
    Shari

  6. Hi J.D.:
    I'm glad you liked it. “Anthem-like” I rather like that. Thanks for visiting my site and sharing your response.
    Shari

  7. Hi Dan:

    It's all in it, right? :~) Thanks for sharing your response.

    Shari

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