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
*smiling* I am off to do my time again today. Unstructured and unencumbered is something we all wish for. Is a future dream wishing life away or is it something that softens the shocks of the journey?
Nice twist to retirement with humor thrown in. Yeah there;s a lot to look for with time on your hands!
I like this a lot. Great conversational flow.
felt man…it becomes easy to wish the days away and then look back at all you wasted….nice bit of story telling in this too…
There’s a lot of things people don’t tell you, quite a few of which they should.
But there’s value in reading between the lines, discerning what is good
Enjoyed this–and I took some small pleasure in the irony of it being posted on Tuesday 🙂
Lovely Hemingwayesque pacing here.