Today was an interesting Monday,
maybe the last for a month and a day.
Most Mondays are not nice anyway –
least, that’s what I hear some people say.
I’m retired, so everyday is Monday.
A Tuesday through Thursday’s the same.
Friday and Saturday are still days of fame.
But Sunday’s still Sunday, so lame.
On Monday someone said to me:
How lucky you are to be free.
And I said, there’s no luck at all to it.
I’d done my time and went through it.
I learnt it once in the army.
As a teenaged basic draftee,
I met a ‘Short Timer,’
whom I told he was lucky,
having hours before muster.
and he said to me curtly and bluntly:
T’weren’t no luck at all to it truly,
I did all my time so I beg to differ.
I gave all my time to Caesar.
But he did not say what I had to say
to that someone I spoke to on Monday:
Don’t wish your young life away.
Enjoy it fully, everyday.
Take one at a time,
and you’ll do it just fine.
But don’t wish your whole life away.
[Revised 04 March 2012]
©Marvin Loyd Welborn 2011