Thursday, October 11, 2012

Arrivals and Departures



Arrivals: looking forward                         
What are you going to?                            
What tips the scale                                  
till you take action?                                 

Is it a shiny, new promise,                      
gleaming in the moonlight?                      
Is it lips and hips or legal tender?            
What song do the sirens sing                    
to you?                                                    
                                                               
What pushes you                                     
to pack your bag,
open the door,                                      
and step out?                                          












Departures: looking back
What are you leaving?
What tips the scale
till you take action?

Is it one monumental event,
or another in a string  
of small indignities?
Too many grey days,
unrequited nights…
What song do the sirens sing
to you?

What pushes you
to pack your bag,
open the door,
and step out?


Here's a double dose of 55 for G-man's FF55.


30 comments:

  1. Normally I'd razz you about doing a 110!!
    But I have a Laissez-Faire attitude concerning you Mary Bach!!
    Fantastic bit of writing, I've had many unrequited nights....
    Thanks for playing, You Rock from Appleton to Hurley. (And the North Shore of Lake Winnebago.)
    Have a Kick Ass Week-End

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    1. Thanks G-man! I'll try not to be so chatty next time. :o) Have yourself a terrific weekend!

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  2. interesting...i like the question and its one i have to think on honestly...i think the arriving is a bit easier...we tend to cling more in the departure...but i will say dishonesty there...is one thing.

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    1. Ah, when you think good things happen Brian!

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  3. double the 55 trouble
    Arrival is fun, departing is too
    I guess just depends on where you're heading or who will or won't be in your view

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    1. Yes, double trouble...that's me! Good point you make Pat.

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    2. Pat that has to be the best rhyme I have read from you :-)

      Interesting concept Mary

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    1. Thanks Alice Audrey. I hope you come up with some good answers ;-)

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  5. I agree with Pat, but I'd put it the other way about: departing is fun, but arriving more so. Not sure what would push me, though. I'd like to say I wouldn't be pushed, but suspect that's just my own private fantasy. You've set me thinking!

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    1. Ah, I do love to make people think. Such interesting things result...particularly in your case Dave. Thanks for reading!

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  6. I think circumstances which affect us force us to move forward, whether we wish to or, not. But with traveling, Arriving is exciting but, getting home again best. :)

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    1. Good point, at times whether we want to or not. Thanks for reading.

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  7. It is a song! get out the guitar- keyboard- whatever
    strikes your fancy ! super!

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    1. Thanks Izzy. I really wish I was more musical, I just don't even know where to start with putting words to music. Any suggestions?

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  8. A very interesting yin-yang sort of juxtaposition, Mary--each arrival contains, implicitly a departure, and vice versa. AFA doing 110--nah--you just did two weeks worth at one time, I say. I think the question format really works well here, as I was internally answering them through both pieces. Good stuff.

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  9. Thanks Joy. I actually started out with one poem with the two together, then separated them out into the two. I'm glad the question set up works for you.

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  10. thanks for your kind words over at my place on my last few posts. much appreciated.

    this poem speaks volumes to me. it's very relevant to where my life circumstances are right now...and given that it's a birthday (a time of reflection for me) doubly so.

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    1. You're welcome, of course, and thank you Lime. I'm glad this one is relevant to you just now. And happy birthday!

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  11. This is a fun, double-edged sword sort of piece, Mary. I like your final form.

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    1. Thanks Kim, I'm glad. I did a lot of playing with it before I settled on this.

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  12. I read your 55 again and again. I really like it, noooo, I love it so much!!! Indeed, deep thoughts behind such simple yet thought provoking actions. Whether you arrive or depart, it truly can be a living changing experience. Great 55! Mine is here
    Have you a ROCKING AND BLESSED WEEKEND!!!
    hugs
    shakira

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    1. Thank you Shakira. And, I doubt you ever come back here to look, but I've tried and am not able to leave comments on your blog. Should I just be jumping? I appreciate you reading and commenting here very much though.

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  13. Packing and leaving is not easy, It could be physical departure or leaving your mental baggage behind...thought provoking Mary.

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    1. Thank you Susie...and don't we all have some 'baggage' of one kind or another!

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  14. The suitcase at the door is a story in itself. I like the double take, and I see G. let you get away with it!:) Probably cause he too loves, "lips, and hips, and legal tender."

    Have a great weekend.

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  15. Thanks Susie, I'm glad you found it so.

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  16. A surprise, or the promise thereof, does it for me.

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