Distorted Vision - Part Three - Bitemporal hemianopia
by Scott Allan Tacke
Friday, January 11, 2008
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I knew a man who went to work twelve hours every day.
His schedule called for eight, but he just couldn't stay away.
"The overtime," he claimed, "will give me plenty to invest,
Or take the kids vacationing some summer way out west.
"I'll even build a twelve-room mansion right beside the sea:
One bathroom each for every member of the family."
Years later, when I saw him, it was evidently clear
He'd sacrificed all promises to further his career.
His kids had aged, his wife had left, the lawn was overgrown;
He hadn't even noticed because he was never home.
Then, unexpectedly, one day his ticker finally went;
He died with bank accounts chock-full, but never spent a cent.
He'd lost his life and family, his stocks and bonds and all,
But still there hung a 'Salesman of the Year' plaque on the wall.
We shouldn't squint at life as all its images go by,
Nor hold it at arm's length to help avoid straining the eye.
We must try different spectacles, refracting what we see,
To find the best way to perceive the world for you and me.
If not, we'll stumble blindly with a blurried indecision,
Falling prey at every turn to our distorted vision.
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|Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse
|I am in errie feelings of true emotion
as this write evokes the Important Truth of Life
& the passage of death
and perhaps workaholics will see that when they are on their death beds (as I mentioned this to my X & indeed it will be to late) they very well may have the last thought of....or not.....of..
"Gee! I Wished I would have spent more time at work"
Scott I So Enjoyed The Power Of The Message Of Your Pen!
Much Love & Inspiration To You Poet
Embraced ~ Embrassé
|Reviewed by Lois Christensen
|I do hate workaholics who need money but neglect their families and let their wives to raise the children. There is a limit to working, and life should be enjoyed because life is too short for all work and no play. I am 63 years old and certainly know this.|
|Reviewed by Sheila Roy
Very wise advice in part three. As individuals, it's important to step back once in a while to take a look in the mirror. Hopefully we like what we see when we search inward, however there's always room for improvement. If we refuse to take that glance, we risk becoming stagnant. This poem's lesson embraces the 'seize the day' mentality and warns what could happen if you neglect what's truly important in life. You've delivered these messages in an original way. A strong example of irony at work!