Just To Say, Just One More Time

The act of aging is no blight;
unless I’m wrong, I could be right –
An act of love is no mistake,
except for those who cannot wait.

Patience is a virtue, dear;
and now I’ve learned too late I fear.

Goodness goes in time of need,
a boon bestows on act and deed.
Courage girds the buckling knees;
virtuous words, a couple of “please.”

Forgive, forget, two acts of right;
to live regret, will stew all night
and cast a pall of rue at light.

That plum I ate? was aged so;
if truth be told, I now admit,
(in aftermath, you need to know)

It wasn’t that good –
so get over it!



(revised 6 Jan 12)

Copyright © 2011 Marvin Loyd Welborn. All Rights Reserved.


  1. I love the line “…courage girds the buckling knee…” The end-rhymes make your poem work. I hear something in this poem–talent. Keep writing, especially pay close attention to craftsmanship. Study the art and master it. I hear something, and it’s something poetically wonderful.

  2. This is a charming write and a great expression, patience is truly rewarding and difficult, something I have to work with myself daily! Enjoyed, thank you for the visit and comment on my piece this week, my best to you! ~ Rose

    • glad you asked. my whole piece comes from a poem by William Carlos Williams (This Is Just To Say), a famous piece, and I took a humorous slant with it. It’s funny you ask about plums, because the first time I wrote mine, I put ‘prunes’ and not plums, because prunes can be allied to old-age; but I took it out so as to ‘fit’ properly with Mr. Williams’ poem. that’s the story. thanks for asking, though.

  3. Wow, this is full of wisdoms. You have written it in such a beautiful way. It was like walking through a field of wild roses – the beautiful smell, but got pricked a fair few times.


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