When You Can’t Write, Write

I have been busy. I haven’t had time to take morning walks or contemplate the complexities of life. But, I have to write. Granted, this writing isn’t very good, but it hits on some issues that have been plaguing me of late. The point is, when you can’t write, you should still try. Get some words on the page. That is all for today.


Things are not always as they seem.
Frankly, your misfortune overwhelms.
I’m always pulling green bean cans
from the bottom row of the pyramid.
I’ve always lived my life in reverse.
I offered you a piece, you refused.
In that exact moment I knew,
you pitied my children and my poverty.

Hate to hate
Jealousy to jealousy
Greed to greed
Anger to anger
Ash to ash
Friend to friend
Kindness to kindness
Light to light
Love to love

No, not always as it seems,
my mediocrity bores you.
I live my life in straight lines.
I’m living longer now.
long enough to see the good.
The clichés ring true.
There is no softer, easier way.

Susan Ward Trestrail, 2017

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