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Six Ways to Sunday
by J.A. Aarntzen

Thursday, September 09, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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The other day a friend of mine who has a spoken vocabulary that is equivalent to my written vocabulary mentioned in passing a phrase that I had never heard before. The phrase was 'six ways to Sunday'. I immediately thought what a cool saying. I have got to write a poem with that title. Then a day or two later on a TV show I heard the word 'obscura' and I liked that one just as much and thought that it would be a great title for a poem as well. The poem below was actually originally the "Obscura" poem but afterwards when I read the words, I thought that the "Six Ways to Sunday" title was a better fit. I will have to write a new Obscura poem in the future.

Six Ways to Sunday

Sitting at the edge
Wanting in
And wanting out
Watching in
And watching out
Trying for impetus
To reach in
Or to reach out
To get in
Or to get out
To remain with
The status quo
Only perpetuates
The osbscurity
I’ve got to say
But what do I say
Gives me direction
For there are
Pros and cons
Arguments for
And arguments against
What do I choose
Is it wrong
To stay where I am
Perched on a fence
Lost in the morning sun
Most will say
Get off that fence
And take a stand
And let your voice
Be heard far and wide
What they fail to see
Is that inside
Every yin is a yang
And every yang
Is a yin
To choose one
Is to reject the other
To stay in the middle
Is the only way
Things are
Because they are
There is justice
And there’s injustice
Some of it is wrong
But some of it right
Some things can be done
While others must remain
Inert and void of action
But which is which
Lao Tzu knew the way
By sitting in the middle
Where it all can unfold
Making everything possible
There is no negation
Only potential
Creation hinges
Upon a spark
If that spark is not lit
Then it does not burn up
And it forever remains
Anihilation sits at bay
While possibility is afoot
In many splendid ways
The world is yours
To make of it
As you will
You are the scribe
Storyteller on the Lake
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Reviewed by Richard King 9/24/2010
J. A. You're still knocking them out of the park, I see. Definately a 4 bagger. Thanks Dick
Reviewed by jude forese 9/11/2010
spoken vocabularies do a way of impressing people as do some poems ...
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 9/9/2010
I remember the old timers (like me now) in my little Arkansas town would used that phrase. They used it like you wrote this poem, going at a project at every conceivable angle to find a solution. Nice write.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 9/9/2010
love the final verse the best, enjoyed the write!
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 9/9/2010
"Is it wrong
To stay where I am
Perched on a fence
Lost in the morning sun" ~ love this stanza.

Some say that if it feels right both at and beneath the surface, then it likely is not wrong. To sit in peace in the dissolution of judgment is a gift we can give to ourselves - Rumi once wrote something like "out beyond the notions of right and wrong, there is a field - I'll meet you there." I love that. Nothing is until we think it so, right?

"Creation hinges upon a spark" is wonderful.

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