Willem de Kooning

Willem de Kooning

Some days

patience’s pages

are far too thin & few

‘Tis then it’s wise

to walk away


For patience

lies not in a drawer

out of which to draw

It rather lies aheart

& outs or not


When not

the fabric damaged

by rash intemperance

requires greater art

than abstinence


While absence

readily is pardoned

as true human frailty

& greeted in fact

kind tenderly


Such wisdom

always comes Alas

but after the nail’s bent

‘Tis but old old men

know patience


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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3 Responses to Patience

  1. an overrated virtue


  2. You are both so correct :) Nevertheless, a wonderful penned lesson, Peter <3


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