Tag Archives: reflection

Over It All

Always discounted
dismissed as overblown
hell, disliked for being me,
just for being, even.

No point in
railing against the machine
the powers that be
people who
just
don’t
like
ME.
Like pissing into the wind,
blow-back is fruitless and
often counterproductive.

I respect my state
and am done with it.

Time for a new discourse
to be heard
understood and accepted
if by no other than me.
That is the start
that will change my world
and the only thing
to possibly impact
the world around me.

© 2014 Shari Lynne Smothers

Up from Fifty

They say once you hit fifty
it’s all down hill.
That nebulous, nameless “they”
nay-saying every decent aspect
of aging, forgetting grace exists
in the graying bodies too.

Pronounced aches,
prolonged convalescing,
failing parts,
all that notwithstanding;
It is a grace at any age
to continue the race.
The key
is knowing how
to negotiate the venue.

© 2014 Shari Lynne Smothers

Today

Felt the sun beaming on my face
and thought
I won’t know this one day
some time in the future.

Heard the breeze tickle leaves
and thought
I won’t know this one day
some time in the future.

Saw the water crest over my glass rim
and thought
I won’t know this one day
some time in the future,
when I get to move on ‘way from here.

I thought about the troubles
in the world, in my community,
in my family
and thought
I won’t know this one day
some time in the future.

If I believe in the stories I heard,
lessons learned,
it will all be peaceful and restful
and faith-filled and joyous and none of this
the good, the bad, nor the ugly
will be remembered.

And I thought —
I will be alright with this
one day
some time in the future.

© 2014 Shari Lynne Smothers

Puffed Up

Politeness
as basic civility
negates the need for
a subservient posture.

It’s not
my arrogance
that keeps me from
genuflecting;
it’s your own that
has you seeking
to be thusly venerated
overlooking
my fully proper regard
already shown you.

©2012 Shari Lynne Smothers

Back story: I had an experience like no other recently. I thought I was arrogant, but this person was a doozy. No reason to behave as such, and I certainly wasn’t going to get on his level. So I hung it out in my journal. This is the extraneous fall-out as work through understanding the whole exchange.