this or that

24 Nov

we dream that we are choosers–

that our minds can weigh

our lists of pros and cons

and offer us the way for

sensible action.

Lists and justifications and choice

at best

are curtain decoration

for the windows on the plane ride

through turbulence.

We can torment each other with plans for the future,

but we would be better off telling the truth-

that we are surfing

avalanches with briefcases

and nice shoes.


The trees have chosen,

after weighing their options,

to drop off the green,

and then to disrobe,

desperate for a little attention.

Those of us alive are choosing breath

after the pros came out ahead.

What’s next tees up

while we color,

like earnest children

with fancy, art store pencils,

in our sleep.







3 Responses to “this or that”

  1. Alison and Don November 27, 2019 at 1:59 am #

    Yes. Colouring in our sleep, when the truth is we are just being done.

  2. Miguel Clark Mallet January 31, 2020 at 1:56 pm #

    “surfing avalanches with briefcases and nice shoes…”
    Yes. And whether we admit it or not, gravity’s in charge.

    • marga t. February 1, 2020 at 12:11 am #

      I’ve been relaxing into its pull, gradually. 🙂 So nice to meet you here!

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