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2011
by Chip Bergeron

Saturday, January 08, 2011
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The beginning of a new year: I'm told I do pessimism well, but when I showed this poem to a friend, he said it sounded optimistic-in a dark, cheeky sort of way

2011

 

Today I’m supposed to be optimistic.

New Year, new possibilities.

Enjoy, celebrate, rejoice…

Maybe you think so, Mr. Bones,

But let me tell you: that ain’t the way it is

When most of my life is in the rearview mirror

And most of the potential that the “they” who say everything

Claim that I had, feel so sad

Because it remains unrealized

But what do they know?

How do they know?

Most of the they-sayers

Aren’t around anymore-dead,

Or pestering other suckers about their potential.

 

My life seems to be a junkyard

Of dreams that never came true . Vast projects

Started with half-vast ideas.

The places I’d go, the things I’d do,

The people I’d meet…I never quite got there.

But don’t tell me to discard

Those broken dreams.

For better or worse they are MY dreams-

All I have left, and like the NRA guy

You’ll have to pry them from my cold, dead hands:

An incomplete dream is better than no dream at all.

And who knows, maybe some day

My number will come up, my ship will come in:

Fill in your hackneyed phrase here.

The impossible will happen, and you will find me

Strolling the beaches of the world.

At least that’s what they told me in AMWAY,

A long time ago.

 

-Chip Bergeron

  January 2, 2010

  1:31 AM

 

 

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Reviewed by Emile Tubiana 4/2/2011
Dear Chip, I shouldn't tell you this, but every human being is precious to me, and you are one of them. Don't expect anything from any dream but leave it to the grace and you will be happily surprised.
Do whatever comes to you. That's all. Love Emile
Reviewed by Barbara Henry 1/15/2011
Intrestingly,I agree with your friend who said this work is optimistic in a 'round about way',my words.
You refuse to let go of your dreams although they are described as being in the junkyard.
Langston Hughes admonish us to"Hold fast to dreams".
You may be interested in my poem titled "Soaring", and a blog I wrote some time ago entitled:Waiting,A Time to Grow and Serve.
Hold fast!
Barbara Henry
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/14/2011
I think if we are honest we will all admit to "junkyards" that we have, Chip. Thank you. Love and peace,

Regis
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 1/12/2011
Great writing enjoyed very much...stay safe and well...Hugsss
Reviewed by Regis Schilken 1/11/2011
An incomplete dream is better than no dream at all.

I agree with you. Hopefully your dream will keep you alive until it comes. Why else exist?

rege
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 1/11/2011
They don't know nuthin'. Besides I've never found an Amway product I actually liked and I'll bet my junkyard is bigger than yours. Hint, watch the TV show series "hoarders". My number actually did come up by the way. But the lottery required 6 so you know where that got me. Patrick
Reviewed by Connie Faust 1/8/2011
Is this a test? Are they who recognize a half-vast idea going to score more than those who never notice it? I never use the phrase myself, but had to laugh at it.
Like Richard, I really like this poem; it's humor and veiled optimism are quite appealing, or is it my age?
I'm trudging on in 2011, but still looking for great things God will do for me in me and through me this year!
Connie
Reviewed by Richard King 1/8/2011
WOW!!! 4 poems in 2 days... What's gotten into you Mr. Bergeron? i really like this one. I'm quite certain "THEY" will say it fits a whole bunch of us. Thanks Dick.
Reviewed by Dayvid Graybill 1/8/2011
Yeah...I know what you mean about my life seems to be a junkyard...Good line Chip.

Peace,
Dayvid



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