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Wrestling With Time-Robert's Memoir
By Lonnie Hicks   

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Time has a Full-Nelson

Time and I are grappling

as we have all my life.
 
In my youth I tried to full-nelson her
into telling me my future
 
but she didn't comply.
 
I spend many hours with her
in my upstairs bed-room
peering at video games;
she waited patiently
for me to get through this phase.
 
The referee in this match
I tried to bribe; he refused
but she gentle-stroked my brow 
and told me to play fair and be patient.
 
I dreamed of having super powers
and told her that was what I wanted;
she smiled reassuringly
saying "Sure but you have to first overcome many barriers
and prove yourself first.
 
Too many tests there
it turned out for me.
 
I asked her for luck
but no luck;
I tried arm-twisting her
but every fall I won
I also lost another one.
 
It did not even look like the crowd was on my side
most times.
At times even my own family
declined
to support me,
rather they warned me
it was all a matter of Time.
 
Time smiled.
 
 
When I started to date Time threw down the dice;
snake-eyes and craps
never a lucky seven;
  
one step up and two steps back.

I told her that she was really interfering with my life.
She smiled.
 
 
Finally I asked her
for True Love and
she said simply  "Look behind you."
turning I saw it was someone
who had always
been at my side
living in my blind spot-Adeline.
 
Time smiled.
 
Now it is Time against two 
in this match 
this has much improved the odds.
 
Not so much happily ever after, but
we two in this round next
are a tag team; 
Time is sitting in that opposite corner, solo.
 
Any day 
we'll will pin her
to Life's Mat
declare victory
or not.
 
In any event
hope you
will
root for us
because I assure you my friend
Time knows your name
and where you live.
(smile)

 


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