Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thursday December 9, 2010 Tuesday Theme/ Poets United

Theme Thursday/ Prompt: Test

The idea of a test can be tricky,
As much as you might like,
A test is rarely fun,
More like a trip to the dentist.

You have a sick feeling in your stomach,
Your hands are clammy,
You mouth is dry,
And visions of horrors dance in your head.

Our first tests probably were,
Games like hop-scotch,
Marbles, checkers, tick-tack-toe,
These tested our skills,
And always seems fun.
But it was a preparation.

In school the tests got harder,
Tested what you learned,
These were difficult for a girl,
Who talked too much,
Had her head in the clouds,
Rarely touched feet to ground.

For years after college,
Though this never happened,
I dreamed it many times.
I attended class,
The professor asked everyone,
To get out his blue books.

It must have been a terrible fear,
One day I would go to class,
Totally unprepared,
I would have forgotten everything.

As we move through life,
The tests get harder.
They aren't about grades,
But life and death are involved.
Each day is a day in the lab of life,
Experimenting, learning,
Testing results.

It seems the successes are never as high
A the failures are low,
With each failure,
We dive deep,
To explore the murky depths,
We chid ourselves,
With -- we should have known,
Should have done better.

We stumble forward,
Sometimes beat up,
Black and blue,
Bruised and battered.

The fighter in the ring,
Testing our strength,
And what we know.
The sound of the bell,
It's just fight night, after all,
Just another test.


Poets United; The Thursday Think Tank, Prompt -- Forgiveness

To forgive and to forget is difficult,
Perhaps you can do it,
It takes a better man than I.
But I would say it depends on the offense,
And the sincerity of the apology,

If you are the offender,
Apologize right away,
From the bottom of your heart,
And accept all consequences.

If you have been offended,
It is important to learn from past experience,
Stay vigilant.
Do not put yourself in position to,
Wake up to find a gun to your head.


Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...

I agree with the messages contained within the words of your poem.
A very human reaction as to forgiving, or not.


Marilyn said...

I like your thoughts on the tests in our lives but it was the glimpse of the girl who talked too much, had her head in the clouds and whose feet rarely touching the ground that I loved.
Catching a wee glimpse of this girl made me wish I could join her.

Forgive fast and forgive well - it's one of the best things we can do.

Old Ollie said...

What an ending! Strong piece.

Mary said...

Annell, I agree with your words!

flaubert said...

It is easy to forgive, if you receive an apology.
Nice piece.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Well done, Annell! The last line socked it home.

signed...bkm said...

Agree on forgive...stay vigilant and aware..good hearted, is not foolish....blessings...bkm

Brian Miller said...

i still have dreams of walking into class totally unprepared for the test...i hate that dream....

Eric Alder said...

Extreme ending! A heavy take on the prompt.

Well done, Annell!

annell said...

Perhaps I didn't mean the ending literally, but I was talking about how it felt. Or on the other hand, maybe I did?

Jingle said...

lovely piece,
I kept dreaming of taking a test without knowing what to do for many years...

keep up the excellence,
love your enthusiasm.

Anonymous said...

Nice write. This really is a wonderful piece. Love and Light, Sender

Bing (PinkLady) said...

this is what life is all about... beautifully written!