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A Position is Still a Position
by M. C. Brown
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ignorance is bliss; is it truly?
or is it an excuse to not to be . . .
not to be present . . . not be accountable,
not to be a part of the process–


whether it be shaping the solution,
or creating the problem.
a position is still a position I always say;


no matter if we do nothing
but stand around looking on,
we’ve still taken a position;


sorry, there’s no ground for neutrality here;


do we think just because we don’t pass
an opinion or lend a hand, we’ve Not
taken a position?


look again; think again,
for we have, and a big one at that.


doing nothing doesn’t get any of us off
the hook; the biggest mistake we can make
and the worst position in our lifetime that
we can ever take
is just sitting on the sidelines of life,
watching, brooding from within;


let’s get up and a take a position,
for I say, a position is still a position
even if we think we have no position.


by default of just being here, in this present
and wonderful cosmic universe of ours,
is a position.


so then actively complain; help build a habitat;
teach the next door neighbor’s child to fish, to sew,
to write a poem, to ice skate;


or,
go down and serve in our community soup kitchens
down the street,
and oh yes,
let us Not be afraid to step out of your comfort zones;
there’s nothing wrong with feeling uncomfortable;
that’s what gives us soul, grit, the whooah–realness! . . . releasing us from our self-centeredness, our me-itis.


so lend a hand,
even if we only have one hand,
serve someone a cup of Rosemary tea with it;
we’ve taken a position, a good one.


so lend an eye,
even if we only have one eye,
see for someone, helping them
cross the streets of life with it;
we’ve taken a position, a good one.


so lend a foot,
even if we only have one foot,
gather someone’s mail from the curb on it;
we’ve take a position, a good one at that.


free ourselves and we free others
in the process;


don’t waste our time
take a position
because a position
not to take a position
is still a position.


so why not make the one we
choose,
count for something.


 


copyright, June 12, 2004



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Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green
R i g h t o n ~ !!!
Reviewed by Jane Rodway
AMEN!!!! I wanted this one printed above my desk. This is precisely what I realized this past year after my cat died, and you are so right about choosing. I was reading a great book on the lives of nuns and one of them says, "A fear to beleive is a fear of commitment," and that hit me because I had been that way for years. Thanks for this amazing, life-confirming poem.
Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader)
WONDERFUL testament, Marion!
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson
wonderful poem, Marion.
Reviewed by Jim Dunlap
Absolutely right. My compliments to you on this. Too many people fail to take a position, and are sorry later. That's why I have the Voices for Africa pages. I enjoyed reading your poetic editorial.
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader)
Marion,
This one is so true.....
I had been thinking this this past week with a situation I was facing of great tending.... So glad minds do think alot smiles put some more perceptive to it for me....
"doing nothing doesn’t get any of us off
the hook; the biggest mistake we can make
and the worst position in our lifetime that
we can ever take
is just sitting on the sidelines of life,
watching, brooding from within;



let’s get up and a take a position,
for I say, a position is still a position
even if we think we have no position.



by default of just being here, in this present
and wonderful cosmic universe of ours,
is a position. "

HUGS
LADY PEG
Reviewed by Lori Moore
Wonderful poetic wisdom. Simple, yet full of depth. Love it.
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