Mine To Keep

Do I reach for understanding,

  or is knowing quite enough

 

Or deem then that important

  if the difference smooth or rough

 

Do I understand a mountain

  or the bear that lives within

 

Or just know that it belongs there

  and the mystery that it brings

 

Do I understand the ocean

  or the waves that break so high

 

Or just hear its thunder crashing

  and not need to wonder why

 

Do I understand what time is

  its symbols—what they mean

 

Or understand a life laid down

  in battles unforeseen

 

Do I understand a memory

  or just smile when’er it calls

 

Or understand tomorrow

  when today my life befalls

 

Do I understand the anger

  or just control it when it barks

 

Or understand the danger

  sometimes lurking in the dark

 

Do I understand the words I write

  when I’m shaken from my sleep

 

Or understand the excuses loaned

   —all reasons mine to keep

 

(Villanova Pennsylvania: June, 2016)

 

 

 

 

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